woodworking firm with
Atlanta offices submits
bid to rebuild Notre
Asselin, a maker of high-end custom
handcrafted traditional windows,
doors, cabinetry, wood panels, parquet
flooring, and staircases, is reportedly
in talks to help rebuild the recently-destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral.
Leaders of the family-owned
French company, which has completed
more than 50 projects in the U.S., just
got back from touring the 850-year-old
cathedral. The world watched as Notre
Dame was severely damaged by a fire
Company president Francois Asse-
lin told WSB-TV Atlanta news that the
company is assembling a bid to rebuild
the cathedral’s wooden roof framing.
Asselin has experience restoring and
rebuilding historical monuments,
having restored all of the windows of
Versailles and wood framing inside
the Louvre. Rebuilding Notre Dame’s
roof would be a serious challenge. The
wood of more than 1,300 ancient oak
trees supported the 850-year-old cathedral - much of which was destroyed in
the fire. – R.D.
walnut quarantine as
thousand cankers disease
Baltimore officials have implemented a
185-square-mile lumber quarantine in the
city and the surrounding area.
The quarantine, which prevents the movement of walnut and hardwood firewood, was prompted by the spread of thousand cankers disease, which primarily
affects and kills black walnut trees.
Thousand cankers is spread by fungus-carrying beetles, which tunnel through
walnut bark and cause small cankers - slowly starving a tree of nutrients. The
beetles, dark brown and about the size of a poppy seed, are extremely difficult to
detect. As more beetles attack, cankers increase, slowly starving the tree of nutrients, killing it within 10 years of initial infestation.
The quarantine is pretty extensive - covering nursery stock, budwood, sci-onwood, green lumber and firewood. It applies to material that is living, dead, cut
or fallen, including stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted and un-com-posted chips. – R.D.