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Sep 2013

The Chairman aka Ben Kruger. Ben has a forestry background, and has a love for woodwork for many years. He has perfected the technique of bending Blackwood to his will, and make it form in the way he needs! Many have tried! Only a few have succeeded to manufacture a quality product worthy of an art gallery! Manufacturing starts with very careful planning. Selection is key, and a trained eye to know what to cut down, and what to leave for later! We only use "alien" tree species to play our part for conservation. And yes there are closely guarded company trade secrets that only two people know, one is "The Chairman" and the other is not you:-) We use our local workforce in George Garden Route to help us harvest our material and prepare them for production. Envisioning proportions of a chair is like an artist standing in front of a blank canvas. Ben needs to see each chair before he starts manipulating and bending the lats into submission! Its the combination of technique, artistic intuition and craftsmanship that produces one of the most unique chairs you will ever own! Our chairs are made with great passion, and we sell a little piece of "The Chairman" with every order. Only once you own a Chairman chair can you fully understand and appreciate the skill and work that goes into making this unique furniture. Not one chair is alike, every chair has that something special about it, its own unique signature. To quote "The Chairman" - " I do not discard imperfections when selecting my material, its the imperfections that make the furniture perfect"

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"Ronel" Dining chair
24
Sep 2013

We are happy to announce a new product line called the "Ronel" Dining Chair. This piece really reflects Ronel's Artistic personality and her love for unique and different things. This line is made especially just for her! We believe anyone that will be sitting on our new chair will enjoy the same joy it gives Ronel!

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Aug 2013

Twig and bentwood furniture has existed for hundreds and hundreds of years. Since the Iron Age people of many cultures used simple tools to create functional furniture to fit their needs from the materials available. It was in the aristocratic environment of England during the 1800’s that gave this functional craft its first introduction to the art world. During that time, imports from China were all the rage. During this great shift of a more accessible world imports the rustic furniture took Europe by storm. The craze spread to the America’s and craftsmen here started duplicating the style. Gypsies disserve a lot of credit for distributing this fine work across the country during the Great Depression. They would camp wherever they could find good will and a water source. Willow grows well by the water, and they realized they could harvest this wood and with minimal tools they could create stunning pieces that would catch the eye of well to do towns people. This trade served as a source of income and resources for the wandering gypsies. As in all art, the design and materials were altered to fit the function and style of the particular person crafting the piece. Blackwood has long been used to create such work. With hundreds of varieties world wide and a reputation for being renewable the future of the craft looks bright. Written by: Shannon Roberts HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL BACKGROUND OF WILLOW FURNITURE

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Aug 2013

The alien invasive tree, Australian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), was actively introduced to southern Cape's Afromontane forests since the early 1900's and is well established today in and around the forests of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). Even though it is an aggressive invader in open or disturbed forest, it does not aggressively invade closed, evergreen forests1. In the Southern Cape, blackwood is used primarily in the high-quality furniture industry and makes up about 50% of the timber volume and revenue from timber sales from indigenous forests, managed by South African National Parks. Timber harvesting in the GRNP is currently under review, but blackwood as a resource would still be available to the furniture industry. by Lizette Moolman, SANParks Blackwood Management Plan The invader qualities of blackwood, together with its economic value, form the basis of the Blackwood Management Plan which was developed in 1997. The plan aims to provide an ecological benefit by controlling blackwood as an alien invader, and an economic benefit by optimally using it as an available timber resource. Consequently, trees in the forest interior are not actively controlled but are allowed to grow to maturity to yield good quality timber, and are actively controlled in areas prone to invasion (forest margins, riverine areas, etc.). These management actions were justified on the basis of predictions extrapolated from research data, that the population in the forest interior would eventually stabilise. The actions were allowed on condition that the predictions are tested during a 10-year monitoring programme. The blackwood management system therefore involves a combination of zonation of the forest into different blackwood management zones and the monitoring programme. Management zones The management zones include two different zones with different management prescriptions and objectives for blackwood eradication and harvesting2. In Zone A, active and intense controlling takes place with the aim to eradicate blackwood and prevent re-infestation. Utilisable trees are harvested once-off. Non-utilisable trees are culled and saplings and seedlings controlled with follow-up operations. This zone includes nature reserves and long-term forest dynamics research or monitoring sites. In Zone B, no control of blackwood in the forest interior is maintained and opportunistic harvesting of blackwood takes place. Zone B is sub-divided into special sub-zones which include forest margins, riverine areas, areas of aesthetic importance and buffer zones, each zone with specific and different blackwood eradication objectives. For example, because rivers and streams are susceptible to high levels of infestation, blackwood control measures in riverine areas are aimed at preventing blackwoods from reaching sizes at which they could cause damage during floods when uprooted. Therefore, in the riverine sub-zone, all trees above 5 cm diameter are eradicated every five years. A sound knowledge base The 10-year monitoring programme, initiated in 1997, is set out to gather a sound knowledge base on which future blackwood management decisions will be based, when policies will be re-assessed. The monitoring and research includes investigating blackwood population dynamics, blackwood incidence of spread and success of control. Re-measurement of permanently set up plots commenced in 2009 and data analysis is already underway, a continuing process until the scheduled data collection will be completed in 2012. Based on predictions, one would expect that blackwood populations in the forest interior would exhibit a bell-shaped size-class distribution curve that would flatten-out over time, that there will be a difference in incidences of spread (and size-class distribution plots) between the forest interior and forest margins or riverine areas, and that the population inside the forest would stabilise at low equilibrium densities over time, once utilisable trees have been removed. Once all the data has been gathered, these predictions will be tested, theory will be compared to reality, and the Blackwood Management Plan will be adapted where, or if, necessary. References Geldenhuys, C.J. (1996). The blackwood group system: its relevance to sustainable forest management in the southern Cape. South African Forestry Journal 177: 7-21. Vermeulen, W.J. and Seydack, A.H.W. (2000) Management policy changes for blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) in the Southern Cape In: Seydack, A.H.W., Vermeulen, W.J. and Vermeulen, C. (eds). Towards Sustainable Management Based on Scientific Understanding of Natural Forests and Woodlands. Proceedings: Natural Forests and Woodland Symposium II, Knysna, South Africa, 5-9 September 1999, p.45-52 Australian blackwood management in the Garden Route National Park

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Aug 2013

Reminder. Please come and support the george woodworkers club at the george show 15-17 august. Auction of woodworking tools ext on saturday 10am. Riaan Venter (die nutsman ) will be with us on saturday , come and see a diy expert in action. Riaan Venter

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Aug 2013

Vanaf 15-17 Augustus 2013 hou die Outeniqua Skougenootskap hul jaarlikse landbouskou by die George Skougronde op die ou lughawe pad. Die skou beloof om in 2013 weereens die beste gesinsvermaak van die jaar te wees! Ons media borge is weer Group Editors (George Herald en ander koerante) (hoofborg) en Algoa FM. Ons is baie bly om hulle weer aan boord te hê! Daar sal verskeie afdelings wees soos die huisvlyt (koekversiering, breiwerk, kwilts en meer), vermaak met bekende kunstenaars, beeste (suiwel en vleis), hoenders, skape, meer as 100 stalletjies, industriële sowel as landbou uitstallers, ‘n biertuin, mallemeule, heerlike kos, ‘n teetuin en 'n kinderspeelterrein om maar net ‘n paar goed te noem. Die Pink Tree Market gaan weer daar wees!! Die perde afdeling het netjiese stalle, kroeg fasiliteite en ‘n pragtige perde arena. Die program maak voorsiening vir verskillende perderasse om sodoende aan alle vertoners se behoeftes te voldoen. Indien u aan die perde program wil deelneem geliewe u stalbesprekings so gou moontlik te doen. Vir verdere inligting, gaan na die "Perdeprogram" opsie. Sou u belang stel om ‘n uitstaller te wees by hierdie groot gebeurtenis in die Suid-Kaap kan u gerus onder die afdeling “Uitstallers” die nodige kontaknommers en aansoekvorm bekom. Hou hierdie spasie dop. Ons werk hard agter die skerms om vir u net die beste vermaak hier te kry! Die Rebel 4x4 klub gaan weer vir baie opwinding sorg. Kom ondersteun hulle asseblief! Gaan lees meer van hierdie avontuurlustige manne en vroue se doen en late by "Interesting Reads". Maak julself gereed vir die uitstallings en vertonings van die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisie Diens sowel as die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Volle besonderhede sal in die skouprogram wees. Die Outeniqua Skougenootskap weet dat hierdie geleentheid nooit kan plaasvind as dit nie vir ons borge is nie. Ons kan hulle nie genoeg bedank nie! Gaan gerus na ons afdeling “Borge” en kyk wie u kan ondersteun. Hulle het ons ondersteun om aan u ‘n onvergeetlike geleentheid te bied. George Landbou Skou

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06
Aug 2013

Soon The Chairman's Bentwood Eco Furniture will be be available from The Little Wood Shop in Sedgefield. The Little Wood Shop

C/O Main & Mossie Garden Route
Sedgefield, Western Cape 6573
South Africa

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