The stonehaven tree story


The story of the Stonehaven tree


Salvaged:   October 15, 2009

Milled:        November 3, 2009

Kiln in:       July 12, 2010

Kiln out:     October 12, 2010

Table:        February 3, 2011

The slab is from a Bigleaf Western Maple tree that grew on the Stonehaven property. It was approximately 135 years old.

What is Stonehaven?

The name of the property and house of Carlton Stone and his family.


· 5643 sq ft, located on 12 acres

· Architect: Douglas James

· Style: Tudor / Craftsman

· Open entry porch used “ship’s knees”; naturally twisted tree roots or limbs used in ship construction.

· “Great Maple” table in the kitchen, Arbutus dining table that sat 14.

· Garden reflected Stone’s intense interest in both exotic and domestic trees.


· Born: 1877, Essex England. Immigrated to Canada in 1908. Died: October 10, 1950.

· Lumber baron started with one small steam powered mill. Within a few years, he started Hillcrest Mill. In April 1926, average production was 70,000—80,000 board feet per day.

· Within 10 years, one of the largest companies on Vancouver Island, cutting 45 million feet and employing 225 men in the mill and 100 in the woods.

· Mesachie Lake, a small community near Duncan, BC, owes its existence to Carlton Stone; he created the town to house workers of his mill in 1942 - 1968. The village remains today.


· The property was sold by the Stone family in 2005 to a developer.

· The great-great-grandson of Carlton Stone was contracted for the demolition of Stonehaven house.

· There are now executive homes on 50 lots in a park-like setting; maintaining the name “Stonehaven”. Some very large mature trees have been left standing.

Carlton Stone
Masachie Lake Mill
Logs 1 and 2
Tree story