Turning Archive 2007

colored woods *LINK*

>Plundered material from another website, might be interesting to some
""What I do is inject colored dye into trees while they are still growing; it becomes part of the tree as it grows," he says. "I've been doing it for 40 years. I came up with the idea because I wanted to get color into wood but didn't want to stain it because stain covers it up. At the time, I was making wood jewelry with my dad.

"The woods here are blase compared to the hardwoods back East. Aspen and pine are so white, so I thought of a way to grow color into the trees."

Frink and his son, Shawn, 28, inject trees with environmentally safe, water-based dye, wait about two weeks for the trees' vascular systems to spread the color and then they cut them down. The trees are hauled from private land in Walden to Tom Frink's place in Red Creek Ranch west of Pueblo. There, father and son saw and kiln-dry the lumber and store it."

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