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book - Live burls

Live burls

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  • Date:

    2017 (published)

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    National Art Library

In 2013, an alarming number of Redwood National Park redwood trees were shorn of their knobby protrusions, called burls. The trees were disfigured by thieves aiming to sell the distinctive burl wood on the black market. One team was bold enough to fell an entire tree for its burl. Concerned over the welfare of these iconic treasures, Kirk Crippens and Gretchen LeMaistre worked with park rangers to access each damaged tree. From 2013 to 2016, they made many visits to the redwood forests of Humboldt County, California, observing the trees in changing light and seasons.

Physical description

Green cloth covered boards with black and white image pasted to front. 64 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm


2017 (published)

Marks and inscriptions

"The photographs in this book were scanned from hand-printed silver gelatin prints made from black-and-white 8x10 negatives. We intended to retain our darkroom work in this presentation." -- colophon.

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Book 'Live Burls' by Kirk Crippens & Gretchen LeMaistre. Photographs by Kirk Crippens. Designed by Victor Levie, Amsterdam. Published in Amsterdam: Schilt. 2017.

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Books; National Art Library; Photographs


National Art Library

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