Monticello Bracelet2 - Tulip Poplar - 4.25 x 4.25 x 2.5 inches (2) One
with 4 1/2 in. diameter hole & a second with a 4 5/8 diameter hole.
Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the
third President of the United States of America may well have planted
the tree from which I carved this letter opener. In his Weather
Memorandum Book on April 16, 1807, Jefferson noted planting "1.
Laurodendron in margin of SW [shrub circle] from the nursery." This tree
grew to be enormous and unfortunately hollow. 84” in diameter at it’s
base this was described as one of ‘Mr. Jefferson’s pet trees”. It was
designated both one of Virginia’s Remarkable Trees and a Millennium
Landmark Tree”. Eventually this magnificent tree was removed for safety
concerns and I was offered some of the wood for carving. Near the rotten
center of this huge hollow tree the wood was quite stained by stagnant
rain water contained in the hollow. This produced the rich gray colors
and varied shades in these bracelets. Thomas Jefferson loved trees and
hated to see them cut down but given the reality of the damage to this
tree it is a good second best for parts of the tree to live on in the
works made from it’s wood - $650 each - One has
been SOLD. Photography by Jim Osborn.
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