Thomas Jefferson grew Catalpa trees in the upper grove at Monticello and was one of the American trees he recommended to Madame de Tessé, his friend in Paris. In 2014 Monticello began its launch of the Mountaintop Project, a multi-year effort to restore Monticello as Jefferson knew it, and to tell the stories of the people—enslaved and free—who lived and worked at Monticello.
As part of the stable restoration a Catalpa tree had to be removed. Virginia woodworker Kirk McCauley is one of several local artisans The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has entrusted to honor their beauty and historic significance.
Wood from the Catalpa tree has been used to create this beautiful bowl. Signed, dated and numbered. 14 ½” dia. x 11”h.