HomeConnection students proudly display the art projects the group worked on in partnership with community organizations. (Photo provided)

HomeConnection students proudly display the art projects the group worked on in partnership with community organizations. (Photo provided)

Garry oak wood takes new forms

Wood from “post office tree” now part of art installation at Smith Park

Wood from the roughly 330-year-old Garry oak tree, which stood next to the post office in Oak Harbor until it was cut down in 2014, has been turned into art installations at Smith Park.

English students from HomeConnection installed nine Garry Oak plaques at the park on July 3, working with members of the Garry Oaks Society, the Oak Harbor Parks manager and Salty Dog Woodworks, which did the engraving on the wooden plaques.

The students worked together to decide what poetry and quotes would be used for the project, teacher Erika Jenkins said. The project was funded by the Oak Harbor Education Foundation.

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Mark Lugo of Salty Dog Woodworks installs one of the pieces of art.
                                (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Mark Lugo of Salty Dog Woodworks installs one of the pieces of art. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

HomeConnection student Jacob Swanson installed the first plaque at the park. Other students and Salty Dog Woodworks installed the remaining pieces of art along the fence.
                                (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

HomeConnection student Jacob Swanson installed the first plaque at the park. Other students and Salty Dog Woodworks installed the remaining pieces of art along the fence. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

More in News

Congress may require real-time Growler noise monitoring

Congress wants the Navy to measure the sound of military jets on… Continue reading

Council approves move to hearing examiner system

Oak Harbor City Council approved a preliminary plat and planned residential development… Continue reading

Three accused in residential burglary on Lone Lake Road

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South… Continue reading

Coupeville High School principal to leave at end of this school year

After a decade at Coupeville High School, Principal Duane Baumann will step… Continue reading

Island County eyes new road to airpark on South Whidbey

A potentially prime location for new, living-wage jobs in Island County sits… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to molesting child

A Greenbank man who molested a child a year ago and blamed… Continue reading

Former Oak Harbor man killed in home invasion

A former Oak Harbor man and Navy aviation electronics technician at Naval… Continue reading

North Whidbey woman accused of arson

A woman on North Whidbey was arrested on suspicion of arson Friday… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man enters guilty plea to domestic violence charges

An Oak Harbor man who savagely beat his wife and attempted to… Continue reading

Most Read