Although it's not widely known, there are still a few American chestnut trees alive in the Northeast that have held out against the blight which ravaged millions of trees and removed the chestnut from our landscape for the last three generations. When found, these trees become identified as potential "mother trees" for the ongoing hybridization efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation, which seeks to repopulate the lost chestnuts of the Northeast with blight-resistant stock.
In the last few years, one of these mother trees in Berlin, VT sadly finally succumbed to the blight, and upon its passing it was quickly harvested by the VT/NH chapter. The result: a small cache of extremely rare, unwormed chestnut. Nearly all chestnut found on the market in our current age is heavily wormed, having died on the stump from the blight and then become infested over years, if not decades, before being found and harvested for use.
We are pleased to note that a substantial portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the benefit of the American Chestnut Foundation, and we are honored to be able to participate in this project and help this special tree contribute one final time to the Foundation's mission.
ONLY FIVE CHAIRS ARE ABLE TO BE CRAFTED FROM THIS TREE. The very first piece, #1, helped raise over $8000 for the Foundation! Shown is #2 of 5 in this series. Pieces 4-5 remain available for commission, and can be custom tailored with any of our standard seating combinations.
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Seat-15 1/2"H x18"W x 16"D Overall-44 1/2"H x 21"W x 29"D Height of Arms-23 1/2"