The Mountain Pine Beetle, an insect native to the forests of western North America, eats and kills various species of pine trees each year. Periodic outbreaks of the insect can result in the loss of millions of trees. So one furniture studio is taking that wood and turning it into works of art and furniture, including the "river rocks" above.
Furniture studio Straightline Designs has been turning wood felled by by the mountain pine beetle in BC into works of art and furniture for the home. Starting with 2'x4"s, they cut, sand, tumble and polish the unique material into a variety of shapes, including walls resembling flagstone and stones resembling river rocks for tables and cabinets.