Jenny from Live Edge Detroit

Before joining her family in the wood business, Jenny Barger was in Marketing and Advertising. It turned out to be the perfect background as she now runs the Sales and Marketing for Live Edge Detroit.

Back in 1984, Jenny’s dad started a tree care and removal business. His heart has always been set on sustainability and conservation, and it often pained him to merely chop unwanted trees into firewood.

So in 2016, Jenny, her brother Joe, and her dad Mike founded Live Edge. They now salvage the trees that Mike’s company removes. Once the wood has been cut and taken back to their warehouse, the crew mills them into new usable material.

Slabs of gorgeous dry wood fill the space. Customers are welcome to wander around and search for the perfect materials for their next project or peruse the finished pieces they have to offer.

“Our vision for Live Edge Detroit was to develop a branch of Mike’s Tree Surgeons, Inc. that focused on salvaging our local resources and making them available for the community to enjoy for many more years to come. Our long term goals are to uphold that initial vision and to see it bloom into a more sustainable and profitable branch of the family business. We aren’t planning to take over the world, but we want to make a difference within the community, and we feel that starts right here in our own backyard.” -Jenny Barger from @liveedgedetroit

Jenny from Live Edge / Crafted in Carhartt

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I’ve been so fortunate to have friends and past colleagues that have pitched in to help me here and there where I may not have expertise. Let people help you, and if you love what you do, and you’re honest and hardworking, I believe success will find you.” -Jenny Barger from @liveedgedetroit

Jenny from Live Edge / Crafted in CarharttJenny from Live Edge / Crafted in Carhartt

“Everything I know about wood and trees I learned from my dad! He studied Forestry at Michigan Tech University and has been a longtime Certified Arborist and Urban Forester. He is the go-to for anyone in the Metro-Detroit area that needs arboriculture consultation. Not only is he a vast wealth of knowledge, he has been incredibly patient in teaching his corporate-minded daughter how to identify wood species by grain and bark, and understand what species are good for what types of projects, etc. I am not an expert yet – but I have great resources to fall back on when questions arise!” -Jenny Barger from @liveedgedetroit

“My previous jobs were very instrumental to my professional development, but they were not personally fulfilling in the way that working for the family business has been. Not only has it opened up my eyes to how much the community values and respects my dad and his business, but I also have the opportunity to learn from him every day, and to carry out his dream of full cycle sustainability. It has been the biggest blessing! My advice for anyone in a family business is something that I’ve recently had to realize firsthand, and that is to draw a few boundaries between business time and family time. It can be tough to ‘turn off’ when all of the family members are so passionate about what they do, but sometimes you just have to decompress and be a family. As much as we spend time together talking business, sometimes you just need your dad to be your dad to be your dad!” -Jenny Barger from @liveedgedetroit

Jenny from Live Edge / Crafted in Carhartt
Jenny’s dogs, Daisy Duke and Bo Duke

Jenny from Live Edge / Crafted in Carhartt

How to Plant a Tree

My friends, Rachel and Jenny, are my agricultural-know-it-alls. Today they’re going to walk us through the steps of planting a tree. Before you get intimidated, it’s easier than it sounds.

First thing’s first. You have to select a tree type. Hardiness plays a huge role in deciding what to grow in your area and climate. It has to do with a plant’s ability to survive adverse growing conditions. Find the hardiness zone of your land here.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttYou’ll need: a shovel, a tree tube, zip ties, gloves, a hammer, and a fiberglass stake.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttMake sure to wear clothes you can get dirty.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttDig a hole 2x the size of the tree’s root ball.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttInsert the tree into the hole.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttMake sure the soil doesn’t cover the crown of the tree’s roots. Lightly step on soil to firm up the tree’s position.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttPut the tree tube over the tree. This prevents wildlife from eating it or stepping on it. The tube also creates a greenhouse effect, providing the tree more light and moisture.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttDrive the fiberglass stake into the ground next to the tree tube with a hammer. Make sure to never touch the fiberglass with your bare hands. It is made of tiny particles that can get into your skin and cause irritation.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttSecure the tube to the stake with several zip ties. Now water your tree and watch it grow. It really is that simple.

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttZieg did his part digging too. (Okay, he might have been hunting for gophers. But he was good company.)

How to Plant a Tree / Crafted in CarharttRachel standing with pine trees that were planted around 10 years ago. It’s inspiring to think that you could grow something similar with the knowledge they shared with you today.

Rachel is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone New Hope Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree.

Jenny is wearing: Carhartt Weathered Wildwood Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Denim Dungaree.

Packing for Portland: The Carhartt Women’s Guide

Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt
Packing for Portland / Crafted in Carhartt

Packing for Portland means preparing for weather. I spent most of last week there, enjoying spring and the rain that comes with it. Take a look at the essential Carhartt items I took with me. When you have reliable rainwear, you can focus on the beautiful scenery around you. I’ll tell you what, I put the Mountrail Jacket to the test. The Storm Defender® waterproof breathable membrane is designed to keep you dry and not too stuffy.

Hoyt Arboretum in Portland

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

 

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Hoyt Arboretum in Portland is one of the most breathtaking expanses I’ve ever seen. It stretches across 12 ridge top miles and is home to over 1,000 species. (some endangered ones too) Hoyt Arboretum Friends is a membership-based nonprofit organization that helps maintain this Oregon jewel. These lovely ladies help care for the grounds. They get to work outside everyday. Even when it’s cold or rainy, they’re ready with their Carhartt gear.

check out these fall styles: Quick Duck Woodward Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, Bardwell Turtleneck, Original Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, Marlinton Vest, Clarksburg Quarter Zip Sweatshirt, Acrylic Headband, Weathered Quinwood Chore Coat, & Rowlesburg Sweatshirt

Mary and Amy, Who Circumnavigated Lake Michigan


Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat
Meet Mary and Amy, adventure junkies and unbelievable craftswomen. Not too long ago, Mary completed a 4 year project of making her own dug out canoe. That’s right, a beautifully hand-carved boat from a tree called Makeba. Then Amy and Mary set off on a mission to boat around the perimeter of Lake Michigan. Are you blown away? I sure was when I first heard their story here. This trip would fulfill childhood dreams and teach both girls so much. It took 3 months, but they did it. They camped on beaches, made new friends, and got to know Lake Michigan more than most people ever will. Now they are working on fixing up an old boat they dubbed Blue Heron. (pictured above) They have many more adventures ahead of them, I’m sure. Mary told me that if there’s a toy they want, they make it. Most people would never dream of carving their own boat out of a tree or making their own surfboards and skateboards, but that didn’t stop these girls. It was really inspiring to see Mary and Amy at work. If you want something, make it happen. Even if it means to have to chop down a tree and carve the boat yourself.

Mary’s outfit: Traverse Hoodie, Carhartt Women’s Vest, & Original Fit Jean 
Amy’s outfit: Copper Harbor Hat, Linwood Chambray Shirt, Clarkston Cami, & Original Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree