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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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138 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 A Furniture Maker Across America, so-called "witness trees" mark the site of major battles or events. At Gettysburg white oak, white ash, and red poplar flank the battlefields, and some 200 are labeled "wit- nesses." If it is true that plants can feel, what then did these trees experience as 60,000 men slaughtered each other over three days in 1853? Custom furniture maker and Rhode Island School of Design teacher, Dale Broholm, a Wellesley resident, introduced trees donated by the National Park Service to his furniture- making class a decade ago. These trees, wearied by history, have left for the Great Forest in the Sky, leaving their timbers to fall, rot, or be wrought into art by RISD students. The students learn the history of each tree and, once inspired, carve, cut, hammer or join timber from trees brought from Thomas Edison's home, a former slave plantation in Maryland, and other his- toric locations. Trees, silent witnesses to history, speak to those with the imagination to hear. commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track startups investments capital Crafting a Business Local artisans showcase their talents C H A R L E N E S M I T H writer business M A U R A W A Y M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y

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