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 Dennis Hippen is one of several local artisans The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has entrusted to honor their beauty and historic significance. He pursues his passion for hand turned wood artwork in Waynesboro, Virginia, and is a member of the Central Virginia Woodturners and American Association of Woodturners.
Wood from the Catalpa tree has been used to create this beautiful bowl. Signed and numbered. 5”h x 6 ½” w.