The Port-Orford-cedar Expo

Story and photos by Shirley Nelson

The port-orford-cedar expo
celebrates the beauty of this South Coast tree with cedar-like foliage and valuable wood. The creamy-colored, aromatic wood is dense and straight-grained, making it ideal for furniture, sculpture, and other specialty items.

The Second Annual Port-Orford-cedar Expo is being held Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27, at the town’s Community Building, 11th and Washington streets in Port Orford. Part educational seminar, part art show, and part fair, the initial event was attended by 700 people.

Jerry Becker of Elk River Land Trust, one of last year’s speakers, will be returning. Last year Becker spoke about Native American uses of the wood, such as totems, canoes, arrows, and plank houses. He


discussed forest-air bathing, a Japanese term for walking among trees and letting sunshine and aromatic oils act upon our bodies. This year Becker will be part of a panel that includes Jim Rogers of the Copper Salmon Wilderness Preserve project and Chris John from the Curry County Water-shed Council.

Frank Betlejewski, Port-Orford-cedar Program Manager for the Southwest Oregon Forest Insect and Disease Service Center, will also return. Last year he reported on how many trees are surviving in southwestern Oregon and Northern California despite the deadly root pathogen, Phytophthora lateralis, which has been killing the trees. He also suggested ways to prevent spreading the spores. Rick Hazard, organic Port-Orford-cedar forester/farmer will give a presentation this year. One hundred disease-resistant trees will be available for sale or raffle.

Port Orford Cedar Tree

Artists from across our region will be displaying works in these categories: Port-Orford-cedar as Medium, Functional Art such as furniture; Port-Orford-cedar as Medium, Objects of Artistic Expression; and Port-Orford-cedar as Subject, depictions of the tree, foliage, etc. Three $250 prizes will be awarded during the artists’ reception and awards presentation from 3 to
5 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment will include flamenco guitar and Native American flute music.

Oregon Coast May/June 2007

Cedar Rocking Chair FYI:
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Food will be available on site.
Admission: $1 donation per adult, includes a free ticket for hourly raffles. No charge for children.
Port Orford Arts Council: (541-332-0487; www.cedarexpo.com)
Artists contact: Boomer Dormody (541-332-0995; www.portorfordart.org)
Vendors contact: Barbara Dolan (541-247-2804)

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