Historic maple tree lives on as lamps, headphones and more

Two years ago, Bonnie wrote about Canada's most cherished maple tree, that inspired Alexander Muir to write The Maple Leaf Forever, which many thought should become Canada's national anthem. Except that it starts with

In days of yore, from Britain's shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain.

...and was despised by everyone in Quebec, who were no fans of Wolfe the dauntless hero. But the song remained popular in English Canada, and the tree became famous.

Last summer the tree, well past the normal lifespan of a maple, was felled in a windstorm. However the wood was recovered and has been put to use by artists and craftspeople. A few TreeHugger regulars have had a go at it:

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The Brothers Dresslernat built a lamp;

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The National Design Collective built a pair of headphones;

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TreeHugger favorite Miles Keller of Dystil built a floor lamp. It's all part of the Toronto Design Offsite festival. See more work from Miles Keller and the Brothers Dressler in related links to the left.

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