In 19th Century America, oak was considered a scrub wood. Chestnut along
with mahogany) were the woods of choice for craftsmen. (Don't fuss at me.
I know other woods were used.)
A fungus blight killed 99.9 percent of the chestnut trees in America.
Now, there is real progress in programs to introduce Chestnuts back into the
American forests. It'll take twenty years to get just the right mixture,
and another forty years to see results, but it still makes me feel warm and
fuzzy knowing that someday, one of the most beautiful woods in the world
will be available to craftsmen and woodworkers.
Actually, I thought you did good. Not the obligatory OT at the front
which could get you fragged to death here, but a great woodworking
I would like to think that in the future, some of our progeny will have
a chance to work with real wood, and no just MDF, OSB, or plywood as
the only choices for their projects.
I followed a link provided by poster in this NG. Kudos to him. Just wanted
everyone to know, my post was meant for a political NG, not a woodworking
NG. I wouldn't have posted such a provocative subject line in this NG.
Just wanted everyone to know, my post was meant for a political NG,
not a woodworking
Why you sorry SOB, Plonk! Hee-hee!
Seriously, I love the way Chesnut looks and I kind of like the way it
smells too. My Grandfather had an old chest of drawers made of chesnut.
We cleaned it up, sanded and refinished in a shellac with a little
tint. Beautiful grain.
Now, see here, next time post something about Jimmy Carter!!
Tom in KY, PLONK!!!!
Many moons ago, I was working for an auction company, and one day, we had a
beautiful chest to sell. I didn't recognize the wood. No one recognized
the wood, until an antiques dealer got a good look at it. She notified us
that it was chestnut, and she damn sure wasn't going to tell us any more
until the bidding was over. She bought it.
It was a mid-19th Century blanket chest, or some such name.
Alder wood, is a close second in looks, IMHO, but some of those chestnut
logs must have been HUGE.
It would be nice, but don't count your chestnuts before they're
"It takes several generations to get the proper mix. The first breeding
produces a tree that is half Chinese and half American. That tree and
its descendents are then back-bred with American parents until the
fourth breeding produces a tree that is only one-sixteenth Chinese
"This tree is then bred with a similar tree to produce an American
chestnut with resistance equal to that of the original Chinese parent.
Those descendents will then be bred with each other to produce what is
hoped will be the new line of blight-resistant American trees."
In other words, we'll know in about 40 years if it's gonna work.
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