Our Black Walnut Tree Lives on in a New Form

Quoting Dame Gay Ayers’ article, “Our Black Walnut Tree Will Live on in a New Form” from The Newsletter of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut (Winter 2020, Page 8):

“To allow building of the new Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s Education and Visitor Center, it was, sadly, necessary to remove a large Black Walnut tree from the construction area.

Wood from the tree was saved and will be milled and dried by “City Bench” for use in creating four 68-inch “live edge” benches. “City Bench” is an organization that grew out of a passion for building beautiful objects with meaning and a story. It also grew out of a reverence for the trees that line our streets, fill our public spaces, and enliven our campuses. Those trees represent our shared space and generations of common stories—they are also a vital and overlooked resource.”

Similar examples by City Bench have been commissioned by The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Please take a look at the photos below to see the marvelous final product!