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Glenn Smith uses wood salvaged from a 100-year-old barn to create miniature stable used in display at the Festival of Trees

 

November 29, 2017 | View PDF

Sue Stevenson

Glenn Smith displays the small rustic stable he built using wood from a 100-year-old barn. The stable is part of a display at the Providence General Foundation's Festival of Trees.

Wood salvaged from a 100-year-old barn will find itself in a familiar place thanks to a charity-minded Marysville resident.

Glenn Smith, a long-time general contractor, used hole-riddled cedar salvaged from the century-old barn to build a small rustic stable that will accentuate a Christmas tree being auctioned off this week during Providence General Foundation's annual Festival of Trees. The week-long fundraiser takes place at the Tulalip Resort.

Guild 20 of Providence Hospital's Children's Association tasked Smith with building the small, rustic barn that will be at the base of the tree. The children's association is the all-volunteer group that operates two gift shops at Providence Everett Regional Medical Center and raises money for children's charities.

Smith said he learned of the project in March. The design for the barn is based on a family heirloom owned by guild member Marcy Brown, whose father brought the decorative stable home after World War II.

Smith got the idea a month later to use the wood from the old barn. That's when he started a project to repair the century-old structure located near Lake McMurray. He asked the owner if he could use some of the wood he removed from the barn for the fundraiser.

"It was a process of me figuring out how I'm going to do it," Smith said. He had to figure out the best way to cut and arrange the wood to accentuate its rustic texture.

He came up with a small barn which is 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 1 foot deep. He also researched technology used by model railroad enthusiasts so he could incorporate farm sounds into his barn.

"He is so creative. He is able to build anything," Brown said. Smith's creations have helped other community groups in Marysville, most notably the Marysville Sunrise Rotary. He built a 14-foot-tall caboose and an 11-foot-tall shoe that were auctioned off during recent fundraisers.

The simple, rustic barn will provide a contrast to the elegantly decorated tree, which is adorned with golden balls, mirrored and crystals. Those decorations symbolize the gifts the kings in the Nativity story gave to Jesus.

The tree from Guild 20 is one of 16 decorative trees and five wreathes that are among the items that will be auctioned during the Festival of Trees. The public can view the trees Wednesday, Nov. 29, by attending an open house that goes from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house includes performances by local choirs, crafts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., visits from Santa and the Teddy Bear store.

In its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees has raised more than $10 million for Providence Children's Services. Money raised will benefit the Children's Center, Autism Center Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Camp Prov, which is a summer camp for children with special needs and their siblings. The 2016 event raised $1 million, which was a record, said Ashley Bontje, special events manager for Providence General Foundation.

Three of the trees, ones decorated with stuffed animals, will go to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the emergency room and the Children's Center.

The festival started Tuesday with an open house and silent auction. The trees will be auctioned off during a gala dinner Friday Dec. 1; however tickets for the dinner are sold out.

The Festival of Trees concludes Saturday, Dec. 2, with the Teddy Bear Breakfast organized by the Providence General Children's Association. The breakfast costs $30 and it includes visits with Santa and children's entertainer Tim Noah.

More information about Providence Hospital's Festival of Trees can be found at washington.providence.org/donate/providence-general-foundation/events/festival-of-trees.

 

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