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                   "Bee tree" . . .
the bee tree

     There's a stream, the Bee Tree, that runs along our property in the north county. Its a natural fish spawning tributary of the county's waterways. That name, Bee Tree also belongs to the "farm lane" that connects our acreage and several of the neighboring lots with the county road.

The lore is that after the civil war ended, the woman who owned the largest farm here abouts, gave her newly freed hand who was the family's beekeeper, the acreage 'round the bee tree where he'd tended his hive since she'd been a young girl.
The story is, it was his bee tree, and the honey he marketed from it, that gave the area its name.

The original deed on our property is dated in the 1860's, and spells out the route of that "farm lane" from our property line out to the county road. It was signed with an "X" and the witness wrote under it, "The widow's signature".

We have a copy of that deed, but the story surrounding it...well that's based on the local lore.
       But it does make a nice story.
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I'm Jim and I'm the founder & operator of Bee Tree Glass

I had growing up, always been taken by drawing and painting and had been encouraged by teachers in my elementary & high school and then in college.

Once out in the work-a-day world, my interest continued as, at the very least, a pleasant pastime and, at the very best, a totally engrossing challenge to transform something on my easel or worktable into the thing I wished it to be, but could only vaguely see in my mind's eye. Over those years I expanded my work pallet by adding some clay, then wood and also plastic resins to my materials list.

Then, in the late Eighties, while walking down a street in a city I had recently moved to, I passed a store front that purported to be the shop of a local stained glass artist. I knew of two kinds of stained glass work: church windows and Tiffany lamp shades, both of which were way too ritzy and expensive to be the kind of stuff this little shop on this out-of-the-way street could be dealing in. So I went in for a look-see.

The work in that shop made it very clear that stained glass had a lot more going for it besides just gracing cathedral walls. There was a lot on display in that shop, but the only piece I still remember clearly today--twenty-some years later--was the pyramid. It stood at least three foot high and was built of clear glass bevels. They were three dimensional triangles that were fitted together and formed the four transparent sides of the structure. Each bevel was held in place with metal solder lines that were in a bright brass finish. The design was so simple, so complete and so impressive.    
    I complimented the artist, Saul Farber, on his work.
    Then as I was leaving, I was stopped in my tracks, by a notice on a small bulletin board next to the door, announcing stained glass classes beginning the following week.
         » I signed up «
Thus began my fascination with stained glass. It has been over the years since, an on-again/off-again hobby because of time problems. But stained glass has remained the thing I want to do, when I can.-- Oh, and the occassional commissions tend to kick this 'hobby' thing into a different realm.
Now I am committed to building my own shop, Bee Tree Glass. I am developing my own line of stained glass pieces which are Bee Tree Glass original designs and of my hand-made construction. This product line will be supplimented with commission work of one-of-a-kind and personalized designs for anyone who wishes to contract Bee Tree Glass for anything we can make for them using stained glass---except church windows.    Jim
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