Celebrating 15 (now 17) Years of Cooperative Ownership at BT

Celebrating 15 (now 17) Years of Cooperative Ownership at BT


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Celebrating 15 now 17 Years of Cooperative Ownership at BT   From the ‘mobile desk’ of Merle Adams: I started writing this blog in the summer of 2014 to talk about what we have learned in the 15 years since BT became a workers’ cooperative. Obviously, I didn’t get very far and almost 2 years I …

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A Tribute to Brian


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  From the desk of Merle Adams: June 10, 2014 was a bittersweet day at Big Timberworks. We were saddened when we received the news that our architect/friend of 12 years, Brian Brothers at the age of 49, had died after a year and a half struggle with lymphoma. In a small way, we were …

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Wood is Good


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One of my favorite Christmas presents this year was a bumper sticker that said, “Wood is Good”, which I placed on the rear bumper of my truck! I’ve been around wood for 37 years now and I’m still amazed by the many pieces of wood that we make things from and the unique history of …

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Road Trip for an Old Snag!


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The Tongass National Forest covers much of SE Alaska and most of the Prince of Wales Island. Logging, fishing and mining have been the traditional industries on the island but less extractive industries such as tourism via the tour ships are bringing much needed income to many of these hardscabble towns in SE Alaska. Our …

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A New Way to Build


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For some time now, BT has been exploring the concepts and working models of the Passive House concept.  A Passive House is a house that is built to use 90% less energy then a conventional house because it is built to such high energy standards that it can heated passively through solar gain and heat …

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