From timber to art

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Posted: May 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ron Light of Clarke County acquired some of the Japanese zelkova trees removed from the Loudoun Street Mall in January. The logs have been milled into one-inch boards and must dry for a year before they can be used. Forty-six trees were felled, with some turned into mulch and some taken by furniture makers and woodturners, who will participate in an art show next year with work made from the trees. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Sawyer Chris Bird of Washington, Va., mills the logs at Ron Light’s home. Woodworkers were offered the trees that were removed from the mall for no charge.
Ron Light (left) and sawyer Chris Bird remove a nail from the zelkova log they were milling at Light's Clarke County home. Light, a custom furniture and cabinet maker, has taken some of the trees that were felled on Winchester’s Loudoun Street Mall in January. Some of the logs contained deeply embedded nails — the tree had grown around them. The workers used a metal detector to locate the nails and other items in the logs. Light (photo at right) stacks the boards from the trees. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

Boyce — Trees that once provided shade and shelter on the Loudoun Street Mall in Winchester are finding a new purpose.

In January, Clarke County resident Ron Light was one of more than a dozen…

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