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Burl Source
10-20-2011, 01:14 PM
Here is a short photo tour of It's a Burl
These photos were taken when the weather was better than now.
I will post more photos as time allows.

This photo is our main gallery. The guys/gals that work here make furniture, carvings, boxes and other unusual things from the burl we get from around here.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us001.jpg

They used to use this old tow truck to move logs and big burls around the wood yard. Now it is one of the many decorations around the place. Almost weekly someone tries to buy the truck. It has sentimental value to my boss so it will be here as long as he is.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us011.jpg

This is the other gallery. It also has burl furniture and other wood items. In the summer a guy who does pottery works there making raku pottery. That's his pottery wheel in the doorway.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us012.jpg

Burl Source
10-20-2011, 01:15 PM
This is a side view of the main gallery. The right portion of the building is where my boss lives.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us010.jpg

The whole building is made with burl and other unusual wood for the posts and beams.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us013.jpg

The grounds are kind of like a jungle. We have a gardener who keeps the place under some semblance of order.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us003.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us002.jpg

This is one of the tree houses on the grounds.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/us009.jpg

My summer office is at the base hidden in the ivy. It stays a lot cooler there in the summer heat.

WillC
10-20-2011, 01:24 PM
Really cool, its like some kind of mad wood wizards play ground:D
My dream house would be similar, but made of forged metal, and maybe a bit of wood:laugh:

tgraypots
10-20-2011, 01:32 PM
are you guys, like, Hobbits?
:-) way cool. Looks like a great place to work.

rahimlee54
10-20-2011, 01:37 PM
That is great. Reminds me of Peter Pan or Swiss Family Robinson.

Burl Source
10-20-2011, 01:37 PM
are you guys, like, Hobbits?
:-) way cool. Looks like a great place to work.

We've been called worse.
My boss is one of those old hippies that was making stuff from burl back in the 60's. Now he is almost 80 and still at it.
Most of the people here came from the cities looking for a simpler lifestyle. So the place is a mix of unusual people making unusual things out of unusual wood.
I will take some more photos to show you guys what I am talking about. You never know what these guys will come up with.

Twistington
10-20-2011, 01:46 PM
Wow... just wow! I love it! :jumpy:

kalaeb
10-20-2011, 01:47 PM
Cool. I am going to have to make a trip up there one of these days. Thanks for the pics.

Eamon Burke
10-20-2011, 02:19 PM
Oh my lord. That is a wonderland.

Burl Source
10-20-2011, 02:28 PM
Here are some more photos.
I just wandered around taking some random pictures.

Another tree house
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w001.jpg

This tree house is used by one of the gals here as a workshop during the summer. Shaded and gets a nice breeze.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w002.jpg
That's where Kirby was yesterday
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/k001.jpg

Another treehouse
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w004.jpg

Dog house
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w005.jpg

One of the guys is learning to carve
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w006.jpg

The burl barn where we keep the burl caps
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w009.jpg

Burl Source
10-20-2011, 02:44 PM
Inside the galleries
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w013.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w014.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w018.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w019.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w020.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w021.jpg

Burl Source
10-20-2011, 02:50 PM
Bicycle
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w015.jpg

Tricycle
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w024.jpg

Carvings
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w016.jpg

Bench
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w022.jpg

Front door
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w025.jpg

Trash Man
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w003.jpg

My office is just to the left of the monkey pole
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/w026.jpg

SpikeC
10-20-2011, 03:29 PM
Buncha dam hippies!! NTTAWWT

Dave Martell
10-20-2011, 03:50 PM
That place is CRAZY! I love your summer office. :)

Salty dog
10-20-2011, 03:59 PM
wow!

apicius9
10-20-2011, 04:21 PM
Great workplace, thanks for the pics!

Stefan

mhenry
10-20-2011, 05:09 PM
Looks like an awesome place to work.

WillC
10-20-2011, 05:26 PM
Its amazing, I love those Doors. Has he done architectural work for other people in this style? They are very Gaudi-esc, just my sort of thing.

Michael Rader
10-20-2011, 08:44 PM
Ha - that's great!!!!!

-M

sachem allison
10-20-2011, 08:59 PM
I miss Oregon. I'm a coos bay , northbend boy.

RRLOVER
10-20-2011, 09:00 PM
Very Cool!!! I love the doors.

SpikeC
10-20-2011, 09:14 PM
Coos Bay is where my dad was from! My maternal granddad built a house in Eastside that is still there.

HHH Knives
10-20-2011, 09:23 PM
WOW.. Its amazing! what a cool place to be!!! Thanks for a peek..

ecchef
10-20-2011, 10:15 PM
Its amazing, I love those Doors. Has he done architectural work for other people in this style? They are very Gaudi-esc, just my sort of thing.

Yeah...very much so! I would love to work in such a place! That's gotta be loaded with good energy.

Eamon Burke
10-20-2011, 11:43 PM
:Ooooh:

Sensory overload!

sachem allison
10-21-2011, 01:01 AM
Coos Bay is where my dad was from! My maternal granddad built a house in Eastside that is still there.

yeah I was born in Northbend, but I haven't been home in twenty years or so. I miss it , grew up in my early years in Naval housing, left young with my family moving with the Navy, but came back every year for 15 years or so. So beautiful. miss it.:sad0:

Randy Jr
10-21-2011, 08:47 AM
EEhhhh......:drool::notworthy:

tk59
10-21-2011, 10:55 AM
That place is so cool!

hoop
10-21-2011, 09:45 PM
Mark -

You've inspired my first post!! I'm over in the Applegate Valley, just a stones throw (well, maybe a few good hurls at least) away from you. I came across this video on vimeo some time ago about your amazing place of work (I hope it's OK to link?)
We'll have to catch up one of these days, I'm just getting into knife making and need some good redwood burl scales!

-hoop

edit: Well, can't figure out how the heck to imbed a vimeo video, so I just hyperlinked the whole darn text...enjoy! (http://vimeo.com/19502657)

Salty dog
10-21-2011, 10:14 PM
One cool dude.

HHH Knives
10-21-2011, 10:51 PM
Based solely off the pics of the place!! :) Id expect nothing less!

Too cool!

Burl Source
10-22-2011, 01:12 PM
Thanks for posting the link to the video.
This was my first time seeing it.