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Think about a birch tree. If you look up, maybe you can see one outside your window right now. An iconic tree in Alaska’s boreal forest, birches have been the focus of The Folk School’s One Tree projects in 2009 and 2017. February 2023 marks the beginning of our next OneTree project!

“OneTree” is a unique program that celebrates the life and offerings of one single tree, both as a member of the forest community and then as objects made from every part of the harvested tree. This concept has been a meaningful and exciting way to demonstrate the wonders of trees in Europe and the U.S.

Our tree of choice in Fairbanks has been birch. Past works have included paintings, woodcut prints, photographs, syrup, a chair, sculptures, a cask, a kick sled made from the naturally occurring bends in the wood, birch bark baskets, artist books, and more. The project in 2017-18 involved a group of elementary school kids who visited the tree and made drawings. These drawings were then taken to the women’s jail in Fairbanks, where those currently incarcerated wrote prose and poetry in response to the kids drawings, as they were unable to visit the tree in person. This powerful partnership was one of the highlights of the program.

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Teal and Nathan at Sunlight Farms graciously donated a birch tree for our OneTree3 project, which began in February 2023. Artists, writers, makers, teachers, and scientists have had the opportunity to use the branches, bark, leaves, and other parts of the tree for creative projects of all kinds.

Join us on September 6 – 8, 2024, for our OneTree3 Show, with a First Friday reception on Friday the 6th, to view all the wonderful things our community has made from the tree!

There is still material left from the harvest of the tree, so if you are looking to join the project or acquire some more material from the tree, please contact Katie Tasky at katie@folk.school.

You can also join our OneTree3 email list to stay informed of OneTree news and happenings. Click here to fill out the form

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from the harvest and distribution of OneTree3:

 

Pictures of pieces created from the tree and of the One2Tree First Friday at Trax Outdoor Center: