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for Independent Weekly Vol. 17 Issue 4, Jan 1999
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In 1998, when Bill Holman, a former environmental lobbyist, was named assistant secretary for environmental protection in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, conservationists were delighted, and many business leaders were not. While a number of measures were passed in the 1998 General Assembly, including reducing nitrogen dumping in the Neuse River, time constraints of Holman's job limited action on other matters, like urban sprawl.
Although Hurricane Fran brought widespread destruction to the Triangle in 1996, it also brought a wood supply to furniture makers. For example, Jamie Smith and Stefan van Staveren create functional furniture out of fallen trees, some over two hundred years old. Other material they use comes from downed buildings, such as a 19th-century tobacco barn.
Paul Rolfe earned a master's degree in chemistry. He developed a love of carving at the same time. Today he is one of a number of furniture makers in Raleigh. What sets his creations apart from the rest is his distinctive carving style; for example, table legs with ball-and -claw feet or a wooden fireplace surrounded with objects in high relief.