This magnificent Gingko tree (Gingko biloba) grew directly across the street from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on Whitney Avenue. Like the dinosaurs whose bones are on display in the museum, the Gingko was thought to be an extinct species found only as a fossil. Then living trees were found in China in the 1800s and the seedlings were exported around the world. This tree must have been one of the first shipped to the US because it was over 100 years old. It was already a tree of substantial size in 1927 (bottom picture, tree to the right of the sidewalk entrance on the edge of the photo) after the building at 175 Whitney was built in 1924. The tree and the building were removed in 2010 to make way for construction of the new Yale School of Management. The wood is the color of butter cream with darker accents in the heart wood.
All bowls from the gingko tree have been sold, but we still have enough wood for the pens shown below.