I have a woodworking and golf friend who just bought an old 4 story apartment building in the city as an investment. He called me and said to come running, he had something to show me. In the dry dusty basement, we found a room full of very neatly stacked boards, approximately 4 to 5 HUNDRED in count. The were dusty and dirty so I brought one home and took a 16th of an inch off of both sides with the planer. They are 3/4" X 6" X 7’. We have had 3 people of knowledge confirm that it is American Chestnut. Someone took the time to carefully pull all nails. It has very few nail holes and most of the nail holes are square indicating some the age. Best of all he said to help myself.
You must be ecstatic about this treasure find and it would be even better if you could get the history of this lumber .
Can’t wait to see what you will make with this beautiful wood but be careful it will get used in a hurry .
Thanks everyone. The entry to the room opens behind the furnace and has a wall jut out that hides the door opening. When you get in the room and turn out the flashlight, It is absolute darkness. It is fascinating to ponder where it came from, how long it has been there and particularly who took such great care to to stack it perfectly. After we get in there and move It, I am hoping someone had the foresight to leave possibility a note or something to answer our questions. It is such an amazing find its almost surreal just to stand and look at it.