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Washington Craft Show Has Eco-Friendly Items

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Among the nearly 200 furniture, clothing and jewelry designers, ceramists, basketmakers, metalsmiths, paper and fiber artists, weavers and glass blowers at this year's Washington Craft Show are a knot of woodworkers who've gone seriously green.

They rescue storm-damaged trees or recycle species that are not so desirable and turn them all into art.

Jeanne Drevas of Sperryville, Va., who built an entire house of found objects from fallen logs to discarded windows, will display decorative sculptures made of grasses, vines and other plant matter she has gathered by hand. Gordon Browning flew from southern Wisconsin to Miami Beach to scavenge 2,000 pounds of mahogany uprooted by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. That explains why he's named one of his craft show offerings the "Wilma Pot."

Both artists are part of a panel discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday called "Saved From Destruction: From Salvaged Wood to Objects of Beauty."

The Washington Craft Show runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For details, call 202-249-3000 or go to

Annie Groer

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