Friday we went to the “One of a Kind” , craft fair in downtown Toronto. Woodworking-wise, there is an abundance of exceptional cutting boards (like 10 years ago it was almost impossible to find good handmade cutting boards, now there is a huge selection). What we bought was a stool made from a block of old growth hemlock from the Toronto Ferry Terminal Wharf. As the harbour was reclaimed, the old wharf was filled in. Whilst excavating for re-development in 2007, the wharf was found, and the wood reclaimed (by Urban Tree Salvage).
Here’s a count of the rings on this block:
There are over 110 years of growth in the block we bought. These blocks are in great shape, considering hemlock’s low resistance to rot. Who really knows how big the tree actually was.