In the early 1800’s, as the pioneers crossed the Appalachian Mountains, among the many discoveries they made was the hickory sapling. This small diameter tree grew throughout the Midwest in groups of twenty to thirty, surrounded by much larger trees.

As the saplings struggled towards the sunlight above, they grew straight and tall – yet the diameter did not exceed two to three inches – even after twenty to thirty years of growth. If you’re pioneer without furniture, you soon realize that this amazing hardwood sapling made for ideal chair and table frames.

You could soak it in boiling water and bend it to make hoops. You could weave it’s inner bark to make seats and backs, and you could see new trees sprout from the same stump – over and over again. And so it became material of choice for our ancestor’s homes.
Today it is widely used by Amish craftsmen to construct heirloom quality rustic furniture.  The saplings are placed in a trough with steaming hot water, then it can be worked into furniture.  The bark is often left on to enhance the natural rustic beauty of the wood and choice cuts are used for table tops to show unique grain and knots.

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