In the Colorado Rocky Mountains, there are over 3.3 million acres of woodland that has been killed by a beetle infestation. The beetles burrow into the bark of the trees laying their eggs, and in the process a fungus carried by the beetles infect the trees. The fungus ultimately kills the tree and turns it's grain into a blue-grey color. So what do you do with all of these dead trees that are discolored, an eyesore on the landscape, and a fire hazard?
Corbin Clay recognized this problem and formed the Azure Furniture Company. He thought, "why cut down live trees when there are so many standing dead?". And so began their mission: To provide a creative solution to millions of acres of dead trees in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
For 4 years, he and his team have been producing timeless furniture from solid beetle kill pine reclaimed from these forests. In their designs, they go back to what is the essence of good furniture: impeccable craftsmanship, quality materials, timeless design. Every product is carefully handcrafted in their own workshop in Denver, CO.
Festool is proud to be a part of what Corbin is doing and shares a passion for coming up with creative solutions to challenges, ambassadors of the new way of doing things. Watch this video of Corbin talking about his crusade to tackle the problem of beetle kill pine.