The treasure in the tree

Written by: Susan Zingraf

“I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years, and I don’t think I ever will again,” proclaims Ernest Hershberger, a fourth generation Amish wood craftsman and owner of Homestead Furniture in Mount Hope, Ohio. He’s referring to a 450-year old walnut tree he acquired from a customer’s back yard in Springfield, Missouri. The tree proved to embody a special combination of traits making it a rare find and true work of art, centuries in the making.


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