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Almquist Lumber may be the only lumber yard that has a dedicated arts and craft gallery right in our store. We display and sell locally made furniture and woodcrafts, as well as other types of fine art. We are proud to support many local non-profits, and always welcome our customers' canines into our dog-friendly establishment. 

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Currently on display are Lichtenberg Figures and other wooden art pieces by Randy Turner of Wavecrest Designs.

Lichtenberg figures, or fractal burns, are made by applying a conductive solution to the surface of the wood and conducting electricity across the board. This causes the wood to burn slowly from each contact. I move the contacts around to design my shapes. Shou sugi ban is the ancient Japanese art of burning wood as a preservation method which I use with different techniques to create the burned edges on these pieces.

My salmon project began out of my love for both salmon and trees, whose symbiotic relationship has lasted throughout millennia. Nutrients from adult salmon, who die after spawning, are spread by animals into the forest nurturing the trees that shade the waters and protect the salmon.






 
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We have a new group of interesting cutting boards by local woodworkers. Check it out!
 



By Ian Podgerniak

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By Jon Nickelson

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By Jon Nickelson

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