In last week's terrible rain and wind, a substantial leader (large branch), itself weighing thousands of pounds, broke away from one of the pines and fell into the field next to the Foundation. Further examination showed that there were cracks in other branches, and areas of damage and rot had also been exposed. Although the trees were beautiful, they were over-mature and in danger of hurting someone, so the decision was made to take them down. Due to their size, a large crane was used to control and remove sections of the trees as they were cut.
There were many large pieces cut from each tree so they could be moved and removed safely. The base section of one tree alone weighed over 12,000 pounds! Though some pieces will be removed because they are simply too large for us to move and work with here at Sheep Pasture, some of the wood that was cut will also be saved and used in future carving demonstrations at NRT events. In the past we have utilized other trees from Sheep Pasture for new purposes, such as the carved NRT bench near the Carriage House which was completed in 2015. In future carvings and creative art, we will be happy to see these Sheep Pasture pines live on.