Pine Trees

Furniture Makers Innovative Salvaging of Beetle-Blighted Trees Nets Him $100,000.

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.

Clay was selected as the A Gentleman’s Call winner for embodying the values and passion of the Nolet family, which founded Ketel One Vodka and has been distilling spirits for more than 300 years.With the money awarded to him by A Gentleman’s Call, Clay hopes to hire staff and acquire resources to open a retail store.
On behalf of all of us here at Madison Seating, Congratulations to Clay Corbin and keep up the good work!