DAR helps Osborne Boundary Oak

Mar 15, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos Mission Accomplished — Above, Mike Morey, wood carver, and Carol Litchfield, DAR community Service chairman, inspect the quality of the wood from the Osborne Boundary Oak. Below, the Osborne Boundary Oak towers over Brady Brookshire, as he saws the wood into a variety of shapes and sizes. (Bottom photo) Carol Litchfield, Mike Morey, and Brady Brookshire are all smiles after completing the woodcutting.

The Daughters of the American Revolution have adopted the Osborne Boundary Oak as a community service project. At the March meeting, members of the Hugh Rogers Chapter DAR voted to assist the Bethel Rural Community Organization in raising funds for future maintenance of the Osborne Boundary Oak. The tree is of special interest to the chapter because it is a living witness to the Rutherford Trace march, which passed by the tree in 1776.

The tree recently received maintenance, and, in the process, several limbs were pruned.  One large section, too heavy to move, remained on the ground at the site. Dr. Doris Hammett, who has championed the cause of the tree for 35 years, secured approval from N.C. Department of Transportation to have the section cut up and used in fund-raising efforts to benefit the tree.

Hammett and the Bethel Rural Community Organization welcomed the involvement of DAR in overseeing the wood cutting process. Carol Litchfield, DAR community service chairman, went to the site March 7, with Mike Morey, an experienced wood carver who leads a wood-carving group at the Haywood Senior Resource Center. Brady Brookshire, a resident of Bethel, who works for Cope’s Tree Service, provided his skill with the chainsaw. Morey offered suggestions on where to saw the section of wood in order to get the best pieces for woodcarving. Brookshire sawed the wood into a variety of shapes and sizes and Hammett took pictures and shared her knowledge about the tree.

“DAR is pleased to be involved with this project,” said Litchfield.  “After the wood pieces have seasoned for a few months, we will make them available for use in wood carving, wood crafts, artistic displays, garden additions, and educational efforts focusing on the history of the tree.  Proceeds from the sale of items made from the wood will be used to help cover the cost of future care and maintenance of the Osborne Boundary Oak.  It will be a great opportunity for people to own a piece of history while also helping to preserve this living part of our heritage.”