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A Trail of Stumps

Ipe is the most common tropical hardwood decking material in the United States, but the way it is harvested has raised concerns among ecologists. 

By Jane Hutton

Photo by Jane Hutton.

“This John Chipman bench was planted 500 years before Columbus sailed for America,” reads a Landscape Forms ad from a 1973 issue of this magazine. The familiar slatted bench is shown towering over a forest canopy. Its base is anchored to a colossal redwood stump. “When you have a site furnishing job to do, think about Chipman in 1,000-year-old redwood,” the ad says. “Even if your benches only have to last another 100 years.” Continue reading A Trail of Stumps