A hurricane's silver lining.
Master carpenter Garland Wood said that typically it's difficult to find trees that have the quality of wood needed to accurately recreate 18th century-style buildings and interior woodwork. Trees chosen by Colonial Williasmburg from among those downed by Isabel will be used to help build a planned tobacco barn, kitchen house, and slave quarter.
Wood told AP that he looks for large-diameter, slow-growing trees. In addition to red and white oak, these include longleaf pine and poplar--trees hard to find in that area.
"It was extraordinary how most of these people were attached to these trees," Wood told AP. "They all said, 'We don't want to see them go to the dump and burned up.' They wanted the trees used for something."
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|Title Annotation:||News from the World of Trees|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2004|
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