by Jerry Cegelske
April 12, 2005
The Furniture Tree
and its Fruit
With the uproar and indecision on Social Security many people
are wondering what they will have for their retirement.
Some feel there won't be much there for them when they retire
so they look for alternatives. I think I may have found
my "Security Blanket" for my later years.
A Sitnews' reader contacted me and told me about this amazing
thing she saw. I checked it out and sure enough, it does
exist. I am sure it is rare and not every place has one.
I contacted the Forest Service and had them check their dendrology
text books and they can't find one so I know it is rare!
I'm talking about the furniture tree! Ketchikan has a furniture
tree and I will have a secure retirement from such
a rare species! I drove north of town saw it and it's true,
I have pictures!
I intend to take a cutting from the alder and graft it on
to the maples in my back yard. I think with the assistance
of the Wood Technology Lab at Ward Cove, I can have early American
furniture growing in a matter of years. The Lab will be
able to give a certificate of authenticity and be able to state
that this is genuine Ketchikan Alaska grown early American Maple
furniture! If all goes well, I should be able to employ
others to ensure their retirements as well! It may take
awhile to get the right DNA or whatever to get things changed
from a padded couch to a maple rocking chair (targeting the older
folks!) or coffee table but I am sure with the modern technology
it won't take long.
We will have to work on the machinery to pluck the furniture
from the trees but we can do that while working on the rocking
chair DNA so it will all come together at the same time.
The couch was growing about 30 feet up in the tree above the
stream so we have to have a good water supply also. I don't
remember if it was this tree or the one next to it that had a
car door growing in it. I was thinking about growing car
parts until I saw that it was rusted so that won't work as well
as the furniture.
If you want to invest in this future money making opportunity
give me a call! We'll all have a secure retirement!
In the meantime, we'll make it a tourist attraction- the only
one in the world at this time! I can see it now.............
Code enforcement - Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Stream providing water for the Furniture Tree
Close up of the Fruit- car door below
Furniture Tree Below
the Second Waterfall Bridge
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