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Posted October 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Sometime around 1975 I helped my grandfather plant a Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) next to his driveway in Richmond, VA. He called it a Lash-horn.

The tree came from his mom’s home in Taylors Valley, Virginia (above). Way back in the valleys of the Appalachian mountains the hemlock that remained in the 70’s were all pretty scrappy trees. I can’t remember ever seeing a mature one when I was a kid.

Looking back, I’m pretty sure that my relatives and the locals referred to Hemlock, Frasier Firs and White Spruce all as “Lash-horns”. As a kid I just associated that nickname with conifers generally. I think Lash-horn is actually an old (1800’s) nickname for a variety of Red Spruce that grew on Whitetop Mountain in VIrginia through the early 1970’s.

My grandfather passed away in February 2017 and the new owners have been busy remodeling the house and reworking the landscape.

Last week they cut down the enormous hemlock along with 5 chestnut trees that we planted at the same time.

I came home from work two days ago and a huge log was in my driveway.

My aunt and uncle had stopped by the old house and asked the new owners if they could have a log from the hemlock. Then they drove an hour up to my house because they liked my text message reply to a group family message about the trees in the yard that were being removed and they thought I’d like a piece of family history.

Now I have to figure out what I’m going to do with a pretty cool and very heavy log.

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Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Sad that they cut it down. Could you get it carved into something?

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Posted October 31, 2017 at 11:37 am

Yes sad that it was cut but nice to have the piece of it. Love the idea of turning it into a carving.

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