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. Visit Monticello to see historic changes under way, and learn online about the restoration and preservation of Mulberry Row, the upper floors of the House, and Jeffersons historic Kitchen Road.
As part of the project a Mulberry 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 turn wood artwork in Waynesboro, Virginia, and is a member of the Central Virginia Woodturners and American Association of Woodturners.
Wood from the Mulberry tree has been used to create the handle for this sold stainless steel gardening hand trowel. The wood is sealed and finished with outdoor products to last through use. 3w x 11 ½l.