Historic maple tree lives on as lamps, headphones and more

muir tree
Public Domain John McPherson's 1907 painting of the tree

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.

maple anthem photo

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:

Brothers Dressler Chandelier© LEAF

The Brothers Dresslernat built a lamp;

headphones© LEAF

The National Design Collective built a pair of headphones;

Miles Keller lamp© Leaf

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.

Historic maple tree lives on as lamps, headphones and more
The tree that inspired an anthem lives on.

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