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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

December 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Keep it real, tree farmers advise

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Sketched Dec. 1st, 1:01 p.m.
I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but I’ve owned a fake Christmas tree for eight years. It comes apart in three pieces and plugs right into the wall.
In a region where neighborhood tree lots seem to be everywhere and people even hike into the mountains to cut their own, how “not cool” is it to have one made out of plastic?

I visited the Hunter Farms Christmas tree lot in Wedgwood to get the perspective of a family that has been selling their firs and pines in Seattle since the 1950s.
For Carol Hunter, the matriarch of the Mason County family whose farming business goes back to the 1880s, the No. 1 reason to get a real tree is to support Washington agriculture.
Her son Bill said if he bought even a plastic flower for his wife, he’d be a dead man. “Real trees are for real people.”
I may not be ready to retire my artificial tree, but I appreciate the holiday scenes that tree farmers like the Hunters bring to parking lots every year. They cheer up gray spaces — and they make for great sketching.
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Sketched Dec. 1st, 10:51 a.m.
Blog extra: See uncropped versions of these sketches here and here.
Sketch-worthy Seattle. Where should I take my sketchpad next? Do you know of a good sketch story waiting to be drawn? I’d love to learn about it. You can send me your suggestions to gcampanario@seattletimes.com or via Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!

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