Parker Nichols, a short story of life in the woods.
A life long Vermonter, I was lucky enough to have grown up on some of Vermont's finest hilltop maple forestland. And for more than 40 years those 200 acres have been my home. I watched and learned from the forest and everything in it. I have been been fascinated with wood, the outdoors, and the ocean from an early age. A long time inventor, re-purposer, designer, sailor, and occasional maple-sugar maker, a few of my favorite design heroes include Salvador Dali, George Nakashima, and Antonio Gaudi.
Some of my earliest memories are from the land I grew up on; riding on the back of the family farm tractor through our network of woods roads with my dad to collect firewood. On the same land I built a log cabin sauna with a sod roof. And this 3 story straw-bale beauty.
In 1998 I started Vt Wildwoods, salvaging the dead and dying butternut trees from our land producing lumber, veneer, and plywood. And now after 40 years of watching, learning and understanding the life cycles of the forest I am intentionally aging and curing maple logs for artistic intent. To Perfection. Spalted wood. It takes a lifetime to know a place.