While enjoying the Stephenie Meyer Day 2011 vendors, we met Tena Gagnon, jewelry designer and owner of The Forks Forest. A resident of the Twilight town, she launched her jewelry business in 2009 on Etsy, first making Twilight-themed items but recently adding pieces representing The Hunger Games.
Tena’s stunning SMD 2011 display featured beautifully hand-made jewelry, but what caught our eye was her Upcycled Collection fashioned out of debris from Forks High School’s past structural improvements and recent demolition. The repurposed items, crafted from the gymnasium floor, facade bricks, copper pipes and aluminum scrap, are limited editions and all one-of-a-kind.
The Forks Forest Upcycle Collection includes wooden boxes, bricks, bookends and bracelets – all available for purchase on Tena’s Etsy site. At SMD 2011, we couldn’t resist buying a copper and aluminum bracelet with “Dazzle Me” stamped on it.
Built in 1925, Forks High School added a gym in 1963 and replaced the wood floor in 1996. At that time, West Waste and Recycling, owned by Tena’s husband, salvaged and stored the wood in its facility for almost 15 years until Tena reinvented it. Last summer, Forks High School was torn down to make room for a new FHS building, which provided additional materials for the innovative, green designer.
Immortalized in The Twilight Saga after Edward and Bella met and fell in love while attending classes there, Forks High School was a must-see on the to-do list of TwiHard tourists. Fortunately, visitors can now own an actual piece of the school as a special, unique keepsake!