Bow Little Market vendors help shape a new economy of wood by utilizing resources often overlooked and underused. Dan Sweaney, who lives just down the road from the Beau Lodge on Wood Road, is a good example of someone learning to responsibly manage his woodlot as a vital resource to his wood working business. Out of his own woodlot, Sweaney harvests fallen cedars left over from a 100-year-old logging operation. From neighboring logging sites, he scavenges waste wood. A birch tree, once planted too close to his house endangering people and property, was taken down and milled at Bormuth’s neighborhood sawmill up the street on Barrell Springs Road. It now sits curing in his shop awaiting the time it will be converted into stools and tables.
Allen Berry, another Bow Little Market vendor, uses sustainably, locally harvested wood for his drop spindles, knitting needles, and crochet hooks. Lilac and holly are some of his favorite woods to use. Although he has no woodlot of his own, he collects an abundance of free materials. Just this summer, with permission from owner, he harvested an ancient lilac tree that had fallen over in a snow storm because it had grown to shaded, spindly and weak. This one tree will provide him years of free wood for his hooks and needles, a discount he then passes on to his customers. Berry grew up in the American Southwest and was strongly influenced by Native American heritage of crafting with what nature provides and has spent his whole life learning and experimenting with resources that are natural, free and abundant if you only open your eyes.
Both Dan and Allen are essential volunteers for the Bow Little Market. Dan spends hours helping set up and break down the market every week. Allen, a retired sign painter, kindly donates his time and skill to make much of our hand lettered signage. Through both their craft and volunteer efforts, these men are helping to build a new localized, more cooperative economy that fits within the limits of our beautiful place here in the Samish Watershed.
Chuckanut Transition Community
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