Since the mid 1990’s, Mountain Pine Beetles have ravaged almost 4 million acres of wood in the Rocky Mountains, killing the trees and drying them out causing them to become highly flammable and a major source of forest fires in the region.
The world looked on, and saw a terrible blight.
Corbin Clay, custom furniture designer of The Azure Furniture Company, looked, and saw an opportunity.
Corbin started building furniture from the blue-tinged beetle-kill pine, using his skills and craftsmanship to breathe new life into this otherwise unusable wood.
His ingenuity certainly did not go unnoticed.
Recently, for A Gentleman’s Call program, the Ketel One Vodka Company asked people what they would do with $100,000, drawing upon the pillars of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, and philanthropy.