These are made from extremely rare Chappaquiddick Sycamore Maple. The sycamore maple is not a rare tree in Edgartown. It was planted up and down Main Street after a massive hurricane in the 30’s took out a ton of trees on island. To the beat of my understanding there are only four that remain standing on Chappaqiddick today. All of them germinated naturally from the trees planted in Edgartown. And all of them are roughly 50-70 years old.
I was fortunate to get my hands on one of them when it came down in a storm a few years back. The remaining trees are only standing today because they provide shade for one of the oldest farm houses on chappy. Most of the wood from the one that came down went into the bowl making process, and the products were quickly scooped up by the homeowners and chappy residents.
Recently I’ve been going through my stacks of air drying lumber and came across the unmistakable figure and green flakes that made that one Chappaquiddick Sycamore Maple so unique. I kiln dried what I found and made salad servers out of them. Making these servers some of the most rare that I’ve made so far. If you have a connection to Chappaquiddick don’t miss out on these.
I will continue to go through my piles this fall, but I believe this is the last of that tree.