OUTDOOR | John + Leishelle
Boulder knows the great outdoors better than almost anyone else. With deference to our natural environment, outdoor furniture starts with locally salvaged, kiln-dried Beetlekill (Blue) Pine. Relax in the fresh air from our famous Adirondack chairs, or host dinner around a massive outdoor table – either way, you’re set up for premium outdoor living.
Pines are an essential part of our being here in Colorado – the symbol of our clean air and alpine identity. Our mountain forests are a testament to nature and her grand idea of scale, changing imperceptively slowly over the past many thousands of years. In an unprecedented blight, the Mountain Pine Beetle has infested and killed more than two million acres of our Pines with no end in sight, cutting off nutrient supply and turning sapwood blue-gray (see Rocky Mountain National Park). Dead trees are rescued from fire and decomposition in multi-disciplinary sustainability efforts. Their interior can remain solid and pure for woodcraft.
John and Leishelle create our outdoor pieces using Boulder, Larimer, and Grand County trees. The wood is blue-gray, with wild streaks of white and gray-green and a knotty character. Depending on soil, age and individual character of a tree, red-brown knots and purple may come to life in the sanding and finishing stages. Dried wood is considered slab-by-slab for every project in a process that is equal parts quality craftsmanship and contemporary art.