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Carry on the legacy of history and PPLT’s land protection efforts with this stunning table and chairs made by master cabinet maker, A.L. Swanson. Salvaged from the PPLT-protected Aspen Trails property by Al and a number of volunteers, the lumber used in this set is enriched not only with the patina that only generations of wear can bring, but has the provenance of being part of the homestead where nationally known local artist Bob Morgan was born.

These weathered barn boards were cut, bent, sanded and shaped into two of Al's signature dining chairs and a breakfast table -- complete with tiger maple and mother of pearl inlay. The chairs were made from massive beams that once held a building erect, and the table was made from boards removed from a cattle shelter. Now resurrected and smoothed, this lumber remains riddled with character that only Father Time and Mother Nature can bestow – although they had some help in the character-building from a long ago marksman who apparently COULD hit the broadside of a barn and left an errant bullet in what was to become a part of this table.

Bob Morgan was present when his childhood home was demolished, bringing mixed feelings as he watched it crumble. But he is more than pleased to know that this special place will live on, through its protection and through the hands of Al Swanson. It represents art, legend and legacy, as well as a connection to the land that is part and parcel of the Prickly Pear Land Trust mission of "connecting land and people."

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Donor: Al Swanson

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