Ye ole Oak Tree
During the big snowstorm the beloved oak tree in front of the school decided to finally rest its weary limbs and lay down. Thankfully it was caring to the end and plunked down on the grass instead of our school building! One can imagine it wasn't a quiet "lay down" either! Measuring almost 4' in diameter and over 11' in circumference, this was an impressive tree. It germinated in 1894, a year before Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication! Little known fact, eh?!
What now, we ask? This is Wellsprings, after all, where creativity reigns so.....
Neva Gruver, who has been teaching "Out There Art" at the school is excited for the students to make an art piece from the stump. Dan Shultz, with Oregon Wood Slabyrinth, has been helping with the tree and is going to mill the wood for potential use as tabletops and benches for the school in exchange for being able to use the rest of the wood for his projects. And Alex and Brandon, students at Wellsprings, (see other newsletter article below for more info) hope to make a guitar body with some of the wood, as well. Wow!
As one student said, "When do we plant a new tree"? Stay tuned....