The roots of our holiday symbols stretch far back into the past. Greenery and red berries brought into the house are the primary symbols of the holiday season for western culture. These symbols once meant more to people in a time when we need to celebrate, life, hope, warmth and renewal. Madrone berry beads are a beautiful addition when moving towards a sort of holiday vernacular of the west coast region. They are attractive, free, not only safe, but edible, and can be returned to the earth from whence they came when we are done with them. They will last for at least several seasons if well made and cared for.
Paleotechnics usually sells madrone berry garlands and necklaces around the holidays. After years of stringing and drying the berries, we have some tips on making your madrone beads look their best. You may or may not be able to follow all of these tips on berry quality depending on what berries you have access to, but we all have to use what we are fortunate enough to find. We are often asked how we get our garlands so uniform and beautiful. The answer is attention to detail as in so many other pursuits in life. So, here are those details and a few other tips. (more…)