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Woodworkers find new uses for beetle-killed wood

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Ed Watson, of Wood Wise Productions, examines beetle-killed lumber at his sawmill near Milner. He said beetle-kill often has different characteristics depending on where it came from in the county. Photo by John F. Russell

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Jimmy Morton created this bench was created using beetle kill wood. Morton owns a woodworking company called Frontier Finishes, and uses beetle kill wood to make a number of custom items. Photo by John F. Russell

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Ed Watson, of Wood Wise Productions, runs beetle-killed lumber through his sawmill near Milner. Woodworkers like Watson are finding new uses for the wood. Photo by John F. Russell

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Chris Bradley, of Sacred Resource, attaches a lid to one of his compost bins. Bradley is using beetle-killed lumber to build the environmentally friendly bins. Photo by John F. Russell

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Jimmy Morton uses a belt sander to smooth beetle-killed wood that will be used for a table. Morton owns a woodworking company called Frontier Finishes, and uses beetle-killed wood to make a number of custom items. Photo by John F. Russell

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Chris Bradley, of Sacred Resource, is using beetle-killed lumber to build compost bins. Photo by John F. Russell

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Jimmy Morton uses a belt sander to smooth beetle-killed wood that will be used for a table. Morton owns a woodworking company called Frontier Finishes, and uses beetle-killed wood to make a number of custom items. Photo by John F. Russell

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Chris Bradley, of Sacred Resource, places a lid on top one of one of his compost bins. Bradley is using beetle-killed lumber to build compost bins, which he hopes is a win-win for the environment. Photo by John F. Russell

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Chris Bradley, of Sacred Resource, laughs while talking about the beetle-killed wood he uses to make compost bins. Bradley is using beetle-killed lumber to build the environmentally friendly bins. Photo by John F. Russell

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Ed Watson, of Wood Wise Productions, is hoping to make the most of beetle-killed wood. Photo by John F. Russell

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Ed Watson, of Wood Wise Productions, runs beetle-killed lumber through his sawmill near Milner. Photo by John F. Russell

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