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Driftwood on the Oregon Coast

Driftwood makes me swoon.  I know its weird maybe, but its me. Plentiful driftwood, like one finds on the beautiful Oregon coast sends me to another dimension.  Beclecto Oregon driftwoodDriftwood, I believe, even inspires  Mother Nature’s artistic spirit. She  takes a raw log, a gnarly root  and  a bundle of branches or  bark,  bathes it  with waves, polishes it with sand, then turns it out on a beach to let it bask in the sun to provide rich contrasts between light and dark.

When I see driftwood, miles of driftwood like one finds along the jetty at Ft Stevens State Park,  I think of all the things I’d love to make from it.  I’d love to haul a couple of old bleached logs home, along with a couple of old bleached planks and make a sturdy garden bench.  Once I had that under my belt, I’d keep hauling and perfecting my designs.  I’d look for Cedar and Redwood and turn out masterpieces of driftwood furniture. But alas, I must remain a driftwood artisan in my own mind only. One thing is good, When we were leaving Newport Oregon for our mad dash to drop off the Cruise America Coach back in Portland, we stopped and mailed home a big ole box of pieces of driftwood i just couldn’t leave behind.  There may have been a few rocks in that box too cuz it sure was expensive to ship it back (80 bucks)  Its arrival in Gulfport Florida was like Christmas though, and it is ceremoniously piled on my pub table right this minute, looking beautiful.

Oregon Artist, Pam Greene seems to love Driftwood as well.  I love her painting “Driftwood in Coral Light”  This scene occurs about 10 minutes before sunset at a location near her home Driftwood in Coral Light

Searching for driftwood art to compliment this article struck me with joy and well, okay I’ll admit it, envy. Envy that the artists have the raw material to work with as alas, I do not.  But enjoy these creations! I love them all but the driftwood horses at the end by artists Heather Jansch really amaze me.  Her work is fabulous and can be seen if you click on her name.  These are lifesize sculptures. Amazing.  See more at her website.

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2 replies on “Driftwood on the Oregon Coast”

I grew up along the beached of the great Northwest and there is not a day that I do not miss it terribly. A few weeks ago I spent a week on the beaches of Rockaway Beach where I was able to bring back a few pieces of wood with me.
I need to return as that is where my heart is at peace and where I have access to all the wood I can muster!
Blessings to you

We stayed at Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort (, one of the more scenic Oregon coast RV parks that offers camping, boating and fishing near the coast. It’s an excellent Oregon campground that makes a good basecamp for deer and elk hunting! The lodge also offers cabin and yurt rentals. The Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort is located about 45 minutes from Reedsport. It offers year-round resort Oregon coast lodging in cabins, yurts and motel rooms, or waterfront camping in scenic tent or RV park sites with full-hookups, satellite TV and Wi-Fi – all on one mile of lake frontage on the scenic Loon Lake. The marina offers jet ski rentals, boat rentals and pontoon boats.

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