Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Trees of New York

Nancy Shaver, whose eye for the vernacular and the eccentric I regularly admire, has this wonderful object in the window of Henry, her shop at 348 Warren Street. It's a display of specimens of limbs from trees indigenous to New York, each cut crosswise and lengthwise to reveal the characteristic patterns of the wood as well as the bark. Each specimen is accompanied by a little typewritten label that gives its common name, its botanical name, and its uses. I don't know its provenance, but it looks like it might be a deacessioned exhibit from Norrie Point or some other DEC facility.

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