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Posted on What to do with this Wormy Chestnut....?

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#1 posted 05-03-2019 09:39 PM

5/8 is perfect smallish box material in my book. However as noted by your student, only folks over a certain age can remember anything past what they had for lunch. So they may only be desirable to old folks.

Wondering, how hard do you think it is after years of drying, and heating over all those years on the roof?

I would use it, gift it, and to those who don’t know, educate them with a little paper you include with the gift with the great story of the Chestnut in America. It really is historic stuff.

I was all atwitter, when I first heard I was going to get some free Chestnut years ago. Having heard all about Cryphonectria parasitica AKA Chestnut blight I had heard of this fabled wood for years. I was so excited. Then I got it, and after cutting a bit of it, planed a little, basically just played with it.

All I could say was HUH. It wasn’t near as special to me as many other woods I had already worked with. I had thought it to be an Oak, it’s a beech, just soft wood, Janka is only 540. So I think a table top would be out. Basically very good small box wood. Otherwise it was the original outside wood for many Americans as they moved West. Fences, posts, barn siding. Some furniture, but little of that has outlasted time, scarce as something you’ll see in museums anyhow.

I really think it’s importance, and why so many dollars were/are spent in bringing it back is because it was the first thing in America, the new world that was essentially wiped out. I mean somebody has got to fix that!!!!

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