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Thread: 115' American Chestnut in Maine woods

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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london...find-1.4468043

    Another decent size Castanea dentata has been found. This one was found in Ontario.

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    That's pretty cool. Is a Chestnut used for milling?

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    They used to be, before going almost extinct. I believe they were more widespread and popular than oak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
    That's pretty cool. Is a Chestnut used for milling?
    Not anymore. At one time it was the best lumber around. Super rot resistant, made amazing siding, fence posts, foundation sills, framing material, furniture....

    Cory, the chestnut made up fully 1/4 of all trees through the Appalachian range, more common than oak as you say
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    Good for floorboards too. Super wide chestnut floorboards can be found in various very old homes in my area.
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    https://www.google.com/search?q=mill...w=1396&bih=690


    lots of the pics are floorboards. Interesting mix.
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    I had a place with chestnut floor and I had some furniture as well when I lived back east. Beautiful stuff.
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    My neighbor customer has a large dining room table of reclaimed Chestnut from a Virginia barn

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    A good friend of mine makes his living by reclaiming the boards from teardowns of old factories and such and reselling them. I bet he runs into a lot of chestnut.
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    The building I work in goes back the the mid 1800s and is built with chestnut columns and trusses. Some beams are 50ft long.t
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