The Dome Education & Gathering Center

We used Black Locust  trees harvested from the land to support the roof over the oven because the wood is extremely hard, resistant to rot, grows relatively straight, and is very long lasting - making it prized for a wide variety of outdoor applications. It is also considered an invasive species in certain areas because of its habit of spreading by underground stems. Black Locust wood is being actively promoted as an alternative to endangered tropical hardwoods. The Rainforest Alliance promotes it as one of the most preferred alternatives to tropical hardwoods in outdoor applications. Not only are rainforest trees harvested in an unsustainable manner, the carbon footprint necessary to bring the product to market from far off countries is massive.

Much thanks to Michael Suess of Drumming for Peace for his carpentry skills, hard-work, artistry and friendship.

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