Aged Trees Lost, but their Beauty Remains

Since Concordia Seminary first took up residence in Clayton, MO in the 1920s, the significant beauty of the campus came not just from the iconic buildings, but also from the campus’s natural setting, including some huge trees of various kinds. Some of them were planted here as the first buildings were being constructed. That was more than 80 years ago.

Today, some of those trees are moving into the final years of their natural life. As a result, they’re catching a disease. Unfortunately, over the last few years, various trees have had to be removed from campus so that the disease would not spread. Nevertheless, while the campus is losing the natural beauty which these trees have provided for decades, their beauty is not completely lost. As the trees began coming down a few years ago, much of the wood was being saved and stored. Concordia Seminary hired a professional miller to cut the wood in preparation for use on the interior of buildings, as well as exteriors when possible. The Phase One project will incorporate a significant amount of the wood that has been saved, stored, dried, and rough-planed. A portion of it will be used as interior trim. Other large cuts will be used for beams in the new canopied entry between the kitchen and Koburg. The beauty of the trees, whose bounty we have been blessed with, will endure for years to come.

The process of milling is usually carried out at large lumber mills, a process which tends to operate with a concern for quantity over quality. By hiring a professional miller, Concordia Seminary is not only benefiting from the craftsmanship of the process, but also financially, as we are allowed to take the time necessary to cut the wood in ways that provide greater strength and greater beauty. Wood of this sort comes with a large cost from suppliers, but using our own sources allows for even greater stewardship and high quality products for the campus to enjoy into the distant future.

Take a look at some of the process below, as well as images of some of the wood that underwent milling a few years ago and has been stored on campus — even our own procedure of storing the wood has allowed it to dry beyond what some professional mills can do.

Milling 2008

Milling and Storage – Late Winter 2011

~ by Site Administrator on March 25, 2011.

One Response to “Aged Trees Lost, but their Beauty Remains”

  1. […] part of the significant effort to re-use much of the wood from the trees which have been cut down on campus one of the special projects emerging is the shaping of the wood from the root stump of a Holly tree […]

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