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Horse Chestnut 250+ Years Old?

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Project by JohnGreco posted 665 days ago 758 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I was contacted by St. Peters Church in Philadelphia. They had a Horse Chestnut tree that they had been treating for top rot for a few years, but the arborist said it had to come down. I was allowed to be there and pick through the pieces as it was taken down, and after drying the wood out (and taking up most of the free space in my shop), here is a finished piece.

It measures ~4×4 and has a tung oil finish. The spalting is really quite beautiful with the grain lines that seem to fade in and out. The 2nd picture shows a piece of bark inclusion.

With the creamy nature of the wood the arborist was never able to quite figure out how old the tree was, but there are many who believe it is older than the 250 year old church itself. The base was nearly 3’ in diameter, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

Thanks for looking :)

-- John





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 665 days ago

Very nice job and a great haul on wood of this type and history. I am envious.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 665 days ago

gorgeous wood. I love it when these “historical” trees can be saved and turned into something new.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 665 days ago

Beautiful. Quite an honor to get the call.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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JohnGreco

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#4 posted 664 days ago

Thanks. The wood was really a bit tricky to turn, the spalting has done a number on it but it was well worth it I believe :)

-- John

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#5 posted 190 days ago

Great Piece! Great Story!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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