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From mighty elm to salad bowl

PROVIDENCE — If it were any other breed of tree, the 108-year-old elm recently cut downon the grounds of the John Brown House Museum, might have gone down as just another old pile of wood.

Instead, the stately 75-foot-tall, 6-foot diameter elm, which suffered from a deadly, contagious canker called Sphaeropsis ulmicola, was argued over before its demise and memorialized and mourned afterward. And now the Rhode Island Historical Society, which operates the John Brown House, is leading a group that includes Dale Bonholm, senior critic of the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, that plans to create pieces from the tree to commemorate it.

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