New York woodworker works ancient stock
As Tom tells it, a few years back Don Eckler, shown above, a Perry-area landowner, discovered some tree trunks peeking from the mud of the receding river. With equipment, he had a few of them hauled out onto his adjoining land, washed them off, and then had them sawn into boards.
Curious as to how old the well-preserved wood might be, Eckler had a local college send samples of it to a Florida carbon-dating firm. The answer was 1,500 years. The wood dated to about 500 A.D. Some of it—presumed to be a type of birch—had acquired a dark patina from minerals in the mud. The softwood appeared to be hemlock, but little was usable because it displayed ring shake.