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Repurpose effort is firmly seated in history

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
Artisan woodworker Harold Greene creates new benches from the fallen wood of Baba's Tree.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Fallen wood from an iconic oak atop Sulphur Mountain is being recycled into handmade furniture.
Most of Baba's Tree, a massive, centuries-old coast live oak on the property of Meher Mount, burned and then collapsed during the Thomas Fire in December.
Since then, caretakers have been working to ensure the tree's survival, while trying to breathe new life into the fallen wood.
“Repurposing the wood seems the logical thing to do,” said Meher Mount president Sam Ervin.
Seven people spent four days milling the wood into planks.

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