Michael Finkelstein, Eco-Woodturner
October 17, 2014
Wood from the "Maple Leaf Forever" tree is transformed
into heirloom nested sets of bowls for the
Royal Ontario Museum
Ontario Heritage Trust
The Alexander Muir Silver Maple tree
on Laing St.,Toronto
Recycled log 20"Long x 16"W
Cut in half through the pith (center)
Design template for a nested set of
4 bowls all cored from this log
Nested set of 4 bowls "rough-turned" wet - March 2014
Final turning and finishing is next stage after wood dries
Rough-turned shape of the largest bowl
(15"W x 6"H)
Media articles & interviews on the Maple Leaf Forever Tree
The Toronto Star March 9, 2014 - Linda Barnard - The Toronto Star March 8,2014
Global News - Video on Laing Street, Toronto: Global TV video Maple Leaf Forever Tree
To learn more about Ontario's heritage trees and the urban forest
please visit these online resources;
OUFC - Ontario Tree Heritage Alliance

OUFC - Protecting Heritage Trees

Ontario Heritage Trust; heritagetrust.on.ca

ForestsOntario.Ca; ForestsOntario
                                           A Brief History of the Maple Leaf Forever Tree
                     by Barbara Heidenreich, Natural Heritage Coordinator - Ontario Heritage Trust

This Silver Maple that is thought to have inspired Alexander Muir to write the song the "Maple Leaf Forever" was recognized as
having provincial and national significance and designated on September 14, 1992 under the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of
Toronto By-law 567-92.  Alexander Muir was born in Scotland in 1830, and with his parents immigrated to Canada at the age of
three. He graduated from Queens and taught at a school in Leslieville, a small village outside Toronto. Muir was a friend of
George Leslie, a nursery owner for whom the village was named and they both loved Maple trees. He lived at “Maple Cottage”
on Laing Street and enjoyed this Silver Maple that graced his property. Muir was inspired to write the song “The Maple Leaf
Forever” in 1867 and was urged to submit it to a song competition during that year of Canada’s Confederation. While it came
second in the competition, Muir published it and it was a hit, sung across the country as the de facto national anthem until “O
Canada” was chosen in 1980 to be the Canadian National Anthem.
The Silver Maple at “Maple Cottage” was destroyed in a storm on July 19, 2013 and rescued by a group of dedicated heritage
tree enthusiast and the City of Toronto dried and then distributed to wood turners and the public on March 8, 2014 at the
Evergreen Brickworks.
Toronto City Council has approved Utilization Plans for the Maple Leaf Forever Tree, on Oct.8, 2013.
Due to  the historical and cultural significance of this iconic tree, and the continued national interest on its
fate, efforts are being made to utilize the tree remnants for the public good.  Please see
Resolution EX34.12
Finished Set of Nested Bowls for the ROM
August 2014
Bowl# 2130 ~ 2133
We have available a limited quantity of peppermills & fountain pens made with
wood from the Maple Leaf Forever tree. Please check our website for info.
The Maple Leaf Tree lives on Through Eco-Woodturning ~ Posted by the ROM
ROM Blog page withMaple Leaf Forever photos;
Maple Leaf Forever Tree Lives On at the ROM
Youtube Oct.17, 2014,  url link: ROM Video on Eco-Woodturning