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Brian Vredenburg applies a light colored chinking to a log cabin he's refurbishing. He's been in the wood business for seven years. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Artisan gives old pines new life

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Brian Vredenburg is like a collector of rare masterpieces who scours art galleries in search of hidden treasure in a dusty basement.

Vredenburg's gallery is a forest, where he searches for just the right Norway pine.


He's persnickety that way. The owner of Beaver Built Woodworking is an old soul in a young man's body.

From the day he hand-peeled his first log he knew his destiny.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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