corvallis oregon

Back in early October, my friend Erin and I toured the Corylus collection at the National Clonal Germplasm Repository (NCGR) in Corvallis, Oregon, and basically we were like kids in a candy store. Once again, my friend and neighbor Joseph Postman, a plant pathologist at the facility, welcomed us, provided us with some literature about […]


For the last four years, Henry has been adding to and selecting from his pool of honeybee genetics all originating from feral, Pacific Northwest-adapted colonies. In order to propagate those genetics as well as maintain and increase his hive numbers, he started grafting his own queens last year. Grafting queens takes a lot of time, […]


Last Saturday, Henry and I scheduled a date. We dropped the kids off at his mom’s house, picked up a couple burritos, took a scenic drive out to Blodgett, and then crawled into an uncomfortably warm, insulation-filled side attic, and riled up a couple thousand honey bees. We really are so romantic.       […]



January 19, 2012 · 14 comments

We got an early morning phone call on Tuesday from Henry’s dad informing us that the shop that he built in 1981 and shared with his wife and business partner for their professional custom woodworking business had burned to the ground. The large building was stocked with 30+ years of accumulated power and hand tools, […]


When I started my business, Red Onion Woodworks, a year and a half ago, I swore up and down that I would never EVER do craft fairs. My new business was solidly based on online sales, and I was pretty happy about that.┬áIn my late teens and early twenties, I worked at the local farmers’ […]