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)

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