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"I essentially feel like wood is in my blood," Malm said.
But the bicentennial wood is different.
"Part of the stump was left," he said. "I saw what I thought were the golden nuggets of the tree."
Glenview artist turns pieces of historic North Shore tree into decorative pieces
So far, Malm said he has sold "a couple dozen" pieces. The holidays brought a big rush, but he said he's anticipating more sales. In his garage are bags and wheelbarrows full of additional chunks.
The pieces were the oldest part of the tree known as "heartwood." Their rust color, odd shapes and unique texture grabbed Malm's attention.
He added that he's also looking to donate some of the proceeds to a Wilmette organization that supports history and trees, although he hasn't yet settled on one.
Malm hasn't carved it into new shapes, rather he has treated each piece to preserve its natural shape, size and color. Some people, he said, have requested clocks or barometers, and he has embedded the appropriate device in the wood.
One recipient of a barometer was a 10 year old girl whose parents told Malm that "on Christmas morning, she broke into tears, because it was her favorite tree," Malm said.
"A lot of (buyers) want to pass it on to their grandkids," he said.
Malm won't just tell the current time, it also will tell the history of the North Shore and America.
Recently, the village of Wilmette commissioned local woodworker Wade Ellis to turn parts of the tree into furniture for Village Hall. And local schools also have requested pieces of the tree. But what remained at the base of the tree caught Malm's eye.
said his goal with the pieces is to preserve a sense of history and give the beloved tree a life after death.
"This is, like, when Abe Lincoln is signing off anti slavery laws," Malm said while holding a piece of the wood.
"Let's say I have about as many as the tree is old," he said.
Although most requests have been for clocks, Malm said he said he's looking to go beyond the smaller items. He said a larger piece of wood could even be turned into the base of a coffee table.
Malm, who works in the commercial real estate industry, had been looking for projects to tackle since the economic downturn. He said he fell back on his arts background, drawing sketches of North Shore residences for new homebuyers, but a woman at a local meeting suggested he use Wilmette's famous, fallen Bicentennial Ash Michael Kors Miranda Backpack
The emotional response from customers has been overwhelming for Malm. Most buyers have been current or former North Shore residents who remember the tree fondly.
When his grandfather emigrated from Germany to America, he opened a wood window and door business in central Wisconsin. Growing up, Malm worked with wood to make various items and as an adult, he Michael Kors Handbags With Chain and his two teenage sons built a tree house from wood in their Michael Kors Pink Bag With Studs
For the past couple months, Malm has been fashioning clocks and other household items out of two centuries old wood that holds special meaning to North Shore residents. The material comes from the base of a 265 year old Wilmette tree that fell during one of 2011's severe thunderstorms.
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