Deep in the forests of southern eastern Australia, the trees are affected by wildfires, years of drought, attack by insects, the occasional flood and winds so strong that the trees stunt their growth to cope with the environment. However there are complications in returning a well-used pieces of reclaimed hardwood into the sort of wooden furniture produced at RTF The recycled timber generally comes to the workshop bowed, cupped and twisted so before anything else the wood is machined and worked in variety of ways to achieve a flat square profile that is gun barrel straight.
Some other features is very large early wood pores in several rows, late wood pores chained in flame pattern with white between the pattern (white ash is usually limited to 2, sometimes 3 rows of pores but often with tylosis, smaller solitary pores in late wood , very faint rays, wood lustrous when planed), no odor if you happen to make a fresh cut (removing sassafras from the equation).
The American Chestnut Cooperators Foundation breeds surviving American chestnuts, which have shown some native resistance to blight, and the Canadian Chestnut Council is an organization attempting to reintroduce the trees in Canada, primarily in Ontario A technique called backcrossing is being used by The American Chestnut Foundation in an attempt to restore the American chestnut to its original habitat.
Both sides of a sample plank of reclaimed American chestnut / Castanea dentata – HUGE enlargements are present. The adults emerged about the time of chestnut bloom, flying directly free from the tree to mingle and mate. While chestnut was a common tree before the outbreak of the blight, oaks also have long been an important part of Tennessee forests. I have been collecting American chestnut (turn of the century) furniture for years.
Jewett Farms + Co’s Reclaimed Antique Wormy Chestnut wide plank flooring is strong and straight grained with color tones that range from light tan to dark chocolate. The American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) was widespread in the eastern United States before being wiped out by a blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) in the early 20 th century. In the United States, the native American chestnut once dominated the eastern hardwood forests.
Longleaf mills 3/4” tongue-and-groove chestnut flooring in 2.5”-8.5” widths and wider, with special order. The small amount of chestnut being sold today costs between $6.00 and $12.00 per board foot, depending on condition. The chestnut wood is hard, very finely grained and quite easy to saw, and, in addition, the American chestnut grows very fast and matures sooner than the oak. I have a wormy chestnut and walnutdulcimer made by the late Keith Young (wormy chestnut top and walnut back, sides, headand fretboard).
The frailty of the aged wood makes the waste factor significant and much time is spent hand selecting the best of the wood to insure a product that lives up to the Kirtz standard. You must also avoid exposure of the Australian Wormy Chestnut Floor to direct sunlight, heat or excessive moisture (such as excessive wet mopping). The airborne bark fungus spread 50 mi (80 km) a year and in a few decades girdled and killed up to three billion American chestnut trees.
Hundreds of healthy American chestnuts have been found in the proposed Chestnut Ridge Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. Antique Wormy Chestnut, one of the rarest of reclaimed hardwoods, if available at Reclaimed DesignWorks. We spend many hours carefully removing old nails, and bullets from centuries old wood.
My huaband and I have uncovered it. There are multiple layers of paint on it. I hand scraped a little portion of it. We thought it to be pine until I was researching the history of this house out and found that chestnut was common in the time this house was built. One of the local sawmills has both chinquapin and chestnut boards displayed that they sawed years ago. Available exclusively as reclaimed and recycled wood, chestnut’s color ranges from dark chocolate to latte. There were so many dead chestnuts in the forest the wood was used for everything…including uses that we employ particle board for today.