Ed Burger is an artist in wood. He and his wife, Joan, live in the forest that they manage and which they have protected with a conservation easement. That forest is part of the Pine Creek Watershed.
Much of the wood he uses in his work is harvested from the forest that they love and nurture. They also make maple syrup from the trees.
Ed is a tree expert. When the leaves are gone he still knows the kind of tree it is from the form, the sweep of the branches and the texture and color of the bark.
The Burger house was built by their own hands and with the the help of family and friends. The wood and stone came from their land. The house is beautiful, simple and blends into the woodsy environment. It can not be seen from the road.
Ed values the qualities of many kinds of wood and his work shows it. The cutting board pictured has many kinds of wood working together in one beautiful piece. The simple bench it sits upon is also a work of art.
There are more than 30 acres of land under the stewardship of the Burgers. This little glade contains a brook, an un-named tributary of Pine Creek, hidden beneath the autumn leaves.
The Home Page of this website mentions a uranium mine in the Oley Hills that was in use during the Manhattan Project in the mid Twentieth Century. This is a photograph of that mine on the Burger property. It has been officially declared not radio active and looks just like the rest of the forest.