Commercial carting on New York streets can yield the unexpected.
I was along Spring Street the other day and walked right up to this excellent example of roughsawn planking.
The identifying feature-- besides being rough-- is the apparent (huge) blade diameter carved right into the board. This particular plank is poplar.
Blades of this scale,
in water driven sawmills,
cut the lumber that built colonial America.
Today it’s just throw-away packing material.
I made this bench when I was a kid
from an antique slab of chestnut.
The sawmill blade marks were apparent back then, too.