birchgrove

Chugach Creations ~ Alaskan Woodturning & Botanicals

Eagle River, Alaska | 294 Sales

birchgrove

Chugach Creations ~ Alaskan Woodturning & Botanicals

Eagle River, Alaska 294 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to Birch Grove. We live and play at the edge of the Chugach Forest, not far from the Eagle River, where we are privileged to share space with more wildlife than human kind. Our spruce and birch forest is home to grizzly and black bear, moose, lynx, fox coyote, wolf, ermine, owl eagles and I could go on... Yes we often see them in the yard, especially the moose and bear. Here is where we wild harvest our Alaska Devil's Club (Alaska Ginseng) for our unique Devil's Club Healing Salve and Soaps.

I also am blessed with an abundance of birch which helps fuel my woodturning habit. I especially love using burls from old diseased trees, thus giving new life and purpose to these grand old gals. I'm sure that birch trees are female...

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Last updated on Apr 21, 2016

Welcome to Birch Grove. We live and play at the edge of the Chugach Forest, not far from the Eagle River, where we are privileged to share space with more wildlife than human kind. Our spruce and birch forest is home to grizzly and black bear, moose, lynx, fox coyote, wolf, ermine, owl eagles and I could go on... Yes we often see them in the yard, especially the moose and bear. Here is where we wild harvest our Alaska Devil's Club (Alaska Ginseng) for our unique Devil's Club Healing Salve and Soaps.

I also am blessed with an abundance of birch which helps fuel my woodturning habit. I especially love using burls from old diseased trees, thus giving new life and purpose to these grand old gals. I'm sure that birch trees are female...

Trudy Carlson

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Trudy Carlson

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A view of my life in the wood pile

Hello and Welcome to BirchGrove!

I am often asked how I got into woodturning. Actually it was almost by accident since I initially didn’t know much about the process, only that I wanted to learn how to make a bowl like one I had seen at a bazaar. It would have saved me a good deal of money and time if I had just bought the bowl, but I have always had the need to “do it myself”. Now more than 10 years later I have an awesome new wood shop, 2 wood lathes, table saw, band saw and every other tool that I think I need. Guess I’m a bit of a tool junkie…

I am constantly learning and experimenting with colored dyes, pyrography and paint in order to enhance the surface of my designs. I have been privileged to be able to take classes from many world-class woodturning instructors over the years.

Prior to discovering woodturning I had and continue to be involved in two fiber arts guilds in my area, and enjoy knitting and spinning when I can find time. Naturally the lathe provides a means for making fiber arts tools and toys for my friends and me.

As for the Devil’s Club Products found in my shop, again I had the need to “make it myself”. We live on 20+ acres in the woods, which provides me with not only birch wood for my turning habit but the devil’s club for my herbal products. Years ago I was coached by a Native Alaskan woman on the use and healing properties of Devil’s Club. I enjoy using the natural native Alaskan plants and trees in my art and products so I bring them to you via my Etsy store.

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