Vintage Woods…..making a beautiful difference

Anyone who has driven west into the mountains has seen the effects that the Mountain Pine Beetle has had on our forests. It is difficult to imagine that such a tiny creature can cause such massive destruction. Dealing with this destruction has proven to be quite a challenge for governments, private businesses and artisans.

Vintage Woods, a manufacturer of unique wood products, has created a process to transform the telltale “blue streaks” of beetle kill pine into a building material with beauty and character that rivals reclaimed barn-wood or Wyoming snow fence. The greatest benefits are reuse on a scale that can make a difference and the economy of using new, straight, uniform lumber. The siding is available in barn-red, brown, grey and dark grey. These options create great design versatility and the raw beetle-kill material has the potential to be custom milled for any number of creative uses. The finishes may also be applied to other species of woods including Douglas Fir beams creating the opportunity for use in both interior and exterior truss work.

Although not located in Denver, Vintage Woods is available locally through 12 Dime Design and has been used in a number of beautiful and creative projects in the Front Range, Colorado and Western United States.

Edge Restaurant & Bar…..Four Seasons Hotel, Denver

I was recently asked to photograph the staff of Edge Restaurant & Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel, Denver for their 2011 Holiday Card. The main shot was to take place in “The Chef’s Table private dining room”. This dining room is one of three private dining rooms in Edge and features a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass bringing the action of the kitchen to the dining table.

When I arrived the staff was putting the finishing touches on an overflowing table of vegetables, cheeses, fish and meats. It was literally a potpourri of ingredients for all desires of fine dining, including two live lobsters! The colors and shapes made for a wonderfully brilliant foreground. For a background element, another member of the kitchen staff tirelessly pored very flammable liquid on the kitchen’s custom grill creating awesome flames.

The shoot turned out to be loads of fun with a very animated crew of Chefs and Front of the House Managers. They are definitely a fun team that are not only extremely skilled at what they do but also know how to have a bit of fun.

Edge Restaurant & Bar is a Denver dining experience not to be missed. Everything on the menu, from soups to salads, seafood to Colorado ranched steaks, are second to none. The staff is professional, courteous and accommodating. The 21 day dry aged Buffalo Rib Eye with Chimichurri Sauce is a must try!

Chef Simon Purvis

General Manager, Alex Valencia

Certified Sommelier, Robert Davis