This month’s artifact choice is a set of 9 maple leaf carvings that I have been researching the last few weeks. When I first came across them I noticed that there was writing on the back regarding their particular histories, which for some reason was not in our computer system. The story of the leaves starts with the man who carved them, Gilbert Nickerson of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia.
He was known as the “Old Chairmaker” and collected wood from ships to make into chairs, maple leaves, and other interesting pieces. In one of his chairs he is even reported to have used a piece from Titanic. The southern area in Nova Scotia where Nickerson lived was rather treacherous for ships and so a great number of them were stranded or sank, causing lots of wood to drift ashore.