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What would you do with a slab of wood from a tree that was alive when Christopher Columbus got off his boat in the Bahamas in 1492?
If you're like me you would want to share it with as many people as possible and that is what the Phoenix Project is all about.
I want to create as many heirloom quality items from this rare and amazing piece of wood as possible and use the proceeds to create jobs!!!
The felling of one of many of the Big Trees in Northern California
In the summer of 2013 my Dad brought me a present. He said, "Son, I've got a slab of wood that I think you should have. I think you'll like it too." Being an amateur wood hack I thought OK, fine with me.
When he dropped it off I thought, "What am I going to do with this dirty grimy birdshit encrusted piece of wood?" I didn't really look at it and just stored it away in my garage. Prior to putting the slab away I took a couple of pictures of it with my Boys standing in front.
Later that night I looked at the pictures and couldn't believe what they were standing in front of. I knew the board might have interesting features but I wasn't prepared for what I found
The Slab covered with 60+ years worth of attic grime
A corner of the Slab cleaned to reveal its magnificence
I researched this wood and found it lived for centuries prior to being cut down. John Muir, a noted conservationist of the late 1800's, frequently wrote of the magnificent trees.
Muir wrote, "The Big Tree is nature's forest masterpiece, and so far as I know, the greatest of living things. It belongs to an ancient stock… and has a strange air of other days about it, a thoroughbred look inherited of the long ago--- the auld lang syne of trees."
The Tree was felled by lumberjacks, using axes and hand saws, in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The stump, left to rot in a field, was 18 feet tall and 8 feet across at the top. The reason the tree was cut where it was is because the local lumber mill couldn't handle a tree larger than 8 feet in diameter.
Whats left over when harvesting millions of the Big Trees
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