Using planks of red oak from a centuries-old tree that grew on George Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, Duncan Gowdy built this chest for an exhibition of furniture made from trees with a historical pedigree. He got his inspiration from a corncrib on the estate, and carved the front panel depicting an old poplar tree, also at Washington’s home, on a piece of ash that had also grown there. The result is a chest that looks contemporary but can trace its lineage back to before the birth of the United States.
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