|Project by JohnGreco||posted 06-24-2012 05:38 PM||844 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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 :)