|what we did while not visiting Uniacke|
I first learned about dendrochronology from Ron Tasker of Ham House in Bath, Ontario. He and partner Bonnie Crook were able to establish that the trees used in the construction of the house they were restoring, were cut in 1816/17.
|Ham House before|
The work was done by labs at Cornell University. This is time-travel...consider this quote from Ron and Bonnie's site: "one of the most remarkable results was the year the northwest sill plate...started growing - 1498! This was the oldest historic timber from eastern North America yet seen by the Cornell lab." Now that's cool, you have to admit.
Madlabs Saskatchewan report on the oldest timbers they've researched, at Government House in Halifax, that got their start in 1442. Now, I didn't know that, But you know who did.
|Ham hoiuse after restoration - used with permission|
Back to Mark. His email contained a link to lab reports on dendro reports, which were done by the dendrochronology lab at Mount Allison University, which later moved to the University of Saskatchewan. Consequently, several dozen research reports examined the age of Canadian Prairie Shelterbelts...oddly resonant, as we recalled visiting the Experimental Farm in Indian Head, a place where such novel ideas were likely explored and demonstrated. Many prairie homesteads hunker down within soldierly rows of sheltering trees, planted before the farm blew away in the relentless winds.
But the houses hold most interest for me. Here's a typical report, done on a house in Halifax, whose construction date turns out to be 1764, making it the oldest residential structure in Halifax. Good to know, right? And for more on dendro, check out page 3 of this typical report.
Hmmm. I do go on a bit. I'm guessing the only person who will read this post will be...Mark!