The emerald ash borer is a beautiful little beetle that probably hitched a ride to North America in a pallet or packing crate from China about twenty years ago. It is spreading from its initial infestation in Michigan to Ontario and across North America, and will probably kill most of the 8.7 billion ash trees on the continent. In the City of Toronto alone, it is expected to kill over 200,000 trees in the next five years.
But at least some of that wood is being put to good use; the Ontario Government and City of Toronto sponsor Woodshop, an exhibition at IIDEX, the big design show, of designs made of ash. This year 15 were chosen from 70 entries, and one of the winners is Facet'it, another way to hang your bike on the wall, designed by Danielle Whitley and Sanaz Shirshekar.
The bike hook provides a space for your wheels when not on the road, providing clear, uncluttered space in your home. The clean, faceted form can standalone as a display object in the space or complement the modern lines of your bicycle when in use.
This is an issue for people who live in smaller spaces or have really nice bikes; one of the most popular posts on TreeHugger continues to be 10 ways to hang your bike on the wall like a work of art. The multi-faceted Facet'it is almost a work of art on its own.
Also making an ash of themselves in the bike department are Heather Lam and Scott Bodaly of the National Design Collective, who have designed these lovely ash bike fenders.
Ride the city streets in style with fenders made from ash wood. The fenders fit a standard 700c bicycle, and feature stainless steel mounting hardware to brave the elements. Finished with a marine-grade finish, these fenders are designed to ride with you rain or shine.
See all the Woodshop winners at IIDEX