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VIRGIN WORMY CHESTNUT
NEVER HAD A NAIL IN IT
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$16.00 BD. FT.
This tree has been
commercially extinct for one hundred years!
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This is virgin Chestnut cut
from the last standing Chestnut forest in the world.
This will not be around long
and Caroline Walker Shelton's family standing by a circa 1920, Tremont
Photo courtesy Great Smoky Mountains
National Park Library
This article was written in the
early 1900s. author unk.
Chestnut in the Future
Reprinted from American Forestry, October, 1915.
Aside from its value for all sorts of uses, chestnut was long regarded as a
valuable woodlot tree, because of many of its other qualities. A tree to succeed
in the average farm woodlot must be quick growing, and chestnut is easily that;
there are few hardwoods in its range which grow faster. In the South chestnut
sprouts frequently attain fence-post size in 10 or 15 years, and tie size in 25
years. In the North farmers used to be able to depend on obtaining ties from
chestnut trees 35 or 40 years old. Another fact which gave the tree such a value
in the woodlot was the prolificness with which it sprouted. If you cut down a
chestnut tree, you get many chestnut trees in its place, for, unless the tree is
very old, a large number of sprouts spring up from the stump and grow like
weeds, in a few years forming a group of thrifty young trees. In New England and
the Middle States farmers took advantage of this sprouting capacity, which is
possessed to a lesser degree by the other hardwoods of the region, and cleared
off their woodlots every 30 or 40 years, trusting to the sprouts to grow up and
form a new stand. It was a rough application of the well-known forestry system
known as the simple coppice system.
The combination of desirability for many uses, particularly those not
requiring extensive manufacture, together with its rapid growth, have made
chestnut the leading woodlot tree of the Northeast. When foresters began to
study woodlot conditions, they discovered much about the chestnut which the
farmers already knew, and they advocated not only favoring the tree in the
woodlot, but its extension, and many chestnut plantations were made as a result
of their advice.
But its popularity was short lived, for today, notwithstanding all its good
points, it is no longer upon the forester’s list of desirable trees, and, far
from encouraging it, he is advocating its removal from the woodlot as speedily
as possible. Enemies now attack this tree on every side, and it is very poor
forestry to favor a tree against which nature has so definitely set her hand.
The chestnut has been practically exterminated over whole sections where
formerly it was common, and in many others it is now being destroyed by the
wholesale. Its enemies bid fair to destroy it as a commercial tree, perhaps to
push it to the borders of extinction.
One of these enemies has risen with almost drastic suddenness. Less than
fifteen years ago the chestnut blight was unknown to the scientist or the
woodsman. Seven years after the discovery, in 1904, near New York City, of this
undesirable alien from northern China it was conservatively estimated to have
done $25,000,000 worth of damage. At present it is found from Maine to North
Carolina, and it is thought that it will all but exterminate the chestnut in the
Northern States, where already it has destroyed its commercial value in many
places, and may invade the South with like disastrous results. At a recent
meeting of the lumbermen of southern New England it was the consensus of opinion
that ten years or less will see the end of chestnut as a commercial species in
that section, for no way has been found to definitely check its ravages,
although the National Government and some of the States have spent large sums in
So the forester is recommending the removal of all chestnut of commercial
value in the region of blight infestation in order that it may be marketed
before it is destroyed, for dead chestnut deteriorates rapidly in value. At the
same time the removal of much of the chestnut may help to check the rapid spread
of the disease.
The other enemies of the chestnut have confined their attacks largely to the
southern portion of its range. They have been at work much longer than the
blight and have in the aggregate caused a much greater damage, but their ravages
spread less rapidly, and have not been as fully discussed or studied. In fact,
there is much that we do not know about them. There seems to be a combination of
insects, fungous diseases and fire, or perhaps something more deep seated, such
as a widespread but obscure soil or climatic change, of which the others are but
manifestations of subordinate causes, destroying the chestnut in the South. The
trees generally die in midsummer and, unlike blight-killed trees, seldom sprout
from the stump after the trunk is killed. Certain insects, notably the two-lined
chestnut borer (Agrilus bilincatus), are almost always found under the bark of
the dead or dying trees, but whether as cause or effect has sometimes been a
matter of dispute. Formerly chestnut grew pretty well over the entire South,
east of the Mississippi River and north of Florida. But about seventy-five years
ago it began mysteriously to die out throughout the lowland portions of the
region and today it is a disappearing straggler of no commercial importance
everywhere except in the mountains, its former abundance being attested by old
stumps, rotting logs, weathered fence rails, and the tales of the old
inhabitants. Even in its Appalachian stronghold, where it reaches its greatest
development and abundance, this strange dying off is going on in a few sections.
At this time it is particularly active along the lower slope of the eastern side
of the Blue Ridge, where whole mountain-sides are covered with gaunt white
trunks of trees killed within the last few years.
Thirty years or less at the present rate of cutting will exhaust the supply
of virgin chestnut timber in the Southern Appalachians, and outside of that
region there is little to fall back upon save the second growth from such
scattered woodlots as have escaped destruction. If the blight and the other
agents of destruction continue their devastation, it looks as though within our
lifetime the chestnut will have to be added to that melancholy list of American
plants and animal, like the buffalo and the black walnut tree, of which we say
“formerly common, now rare.”
See also "The
American Chestnut Tree", also reprinted from American Forestry,
Wormy Chestnut lumber
created as a by-product of the fungal blight that destroyed the American
Chestnut forest in the early 1900's. Once the American Chestnut was attacked by the
blight it weakened it's resistance to the borer worm. Thereby creating what is
now known as Wormy Chestnut. This was supposed to be the bad news, but it
created a beautiful effect and of course a demand for this product. It also
appears that Wormy Chestnut lumber has retained its resistance to rot and other insects
as well. If you are looking for American Chestnut lumber or Wormy Chestnut
lumber or Wormy Chestnut beams. I have it to
sell. American chestnut is available but takes longer to obtain.
Wormy Chestnut Lumber starts at $10.00 b.f.
for reclaimed lumber i.e. 2 x 4s
2 x 6s