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Asheville's Antique Walnut
Our antique walnut was hand picked from a collector in Asheville North Carolina. It originated in an old tobacco barn constructed in the late 1800s. The board we have is about two feet wide and such a deep brown it's almost purple in some places. It's over 100 years old based on the date of the barn, and the tree likely another 100 as well.
When the settlers first came to the New World they forests untouched for centuries with a canopy of colossal trees as far as the eye could see. Much of that old growth is gone, which is sad, not only because we don't have the opportunity to see what our ancestors saw, but also because trees begin to exhibit different characteristics the older they get, and it shows in the wood. We feel fortunate to hold a piece of history, one that was alive and steady when the future of our nation was so uncertain.
The fire opal gemstone is thought to have been used in Aztec culture as far back as 850 A.D. Fire opal stones were found in Aztec burial sites, often worn as jewelry or incorporated into artworks and figurines. The fire opal is created when water seeps into silica-enriched lava and fill its seams and hollow areas. Under the magnitude of the heat and pressure of the volcano, the lava trapped the water within itself. Eventually, the sun-bright red orange fire opal stones would manifest. The fire opal gem symbolizes passion and love not only for others, but for different elements of life, including careers and hobbies.
Each Ring is Handcrafted in North Carolina
As a small business owner and craftsman, it is my honor to play a small role in the new "Made in USA" movement that is taking place across the nation and to do so by sharing part in our American heritage.