The silver maple tree story


Silver Maple trees (Acer Saccharinum) are often found along waterways and wetlands. Heavy fruit bundles slow the seeds flight but water currents move it along t ensure successful future generations.

First nations use the sap from the silver maple tree for sugar, medicine and in bread. It also makes incredible furniture.

The silver maple does no usually grow on the West Coast. This particular tree has a very unusual begining and one that is very traceable. In 1940 patients at the Essondale Mental Institute (Vancouver, BC) would grow tree seedlings as part of their therapy. These tree saplings were then sent to Fairbridge Farm on Vancouver Island for World War II evacuees to plant.    

The years that followed were a time of intense infrastructure change - women in the labour force, brudge and road building, HydroElectric dams. The tree survived the baby boomer's demand for fresh wood. In fact, it thrived, growing 4 times as tall as the farmhouse, while trees all around it were sent away to make pukp, paper and home framing timbers.

This particular tree was salvaged in 2013 in the Fairbridge area of Vancouver Island. The 80 year old tree was deemed a danger to a nearby house and had to come down.

Growing old happens to all of us.

The Silver Maple tree had grown weak at it's core. One night, a raging storm blew a branch from it's canopy, narrowly missing the house close by. The owners did not want to see it turned into firewood and so gave Live Edge a call.

It took 2 sawyers to mill the logs from the Silver Maple tree and over a year to dry...12 months in the open (trees love fresh air!) and a further 3 months in the kiln until it was just right.

Silver Maple dining table by Live Edge Design
Silver Maple dining table
Tree story