I was curious as to whether either of my two beloved Gils were made from the fabled “D” log, so I emailed Steve to ask him about that, and also where the “D” label came from. Below is Steve’s answer which he gladly said was ok to share with this forum. (BTW: Answer to my first question: one is and one isn’t.) MojoMando
Well, there is nothing mythical about that tree, or maybe there was... before it was chopped down?
That log was just a great example of a big old hard sugar maple tree. Came from up-state NY and was given the code "D" because it was spotted by a "Drunk" retired logger.
I got it in 1998 and it yielded about 160 sets. There are only a few backs left now.
That log was big, had deep "slow" curl and offered up many sets of the same quality. It was just about all "slip" matched (not book matched) with a few 1 piece backs.
Hard sugar maple is hard sugar maple, no matter what it is called.
Thank you tree "D".