CORNWALL WOODCARVERS

Probus Square

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Carving inBlack Walnut by Roger Gluyas

The wood, a gift from Dennis Kean, has a remarkable history.

In 1785, George Haye of Haye House, Callington, joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman. Having distinguished himself against the French in the Adriatic he was given command of HMSPelter, and from 1813 to 1815 was "on the Americas Station". He sailed to Newfoundland and thence down the American coast to our colonies in the Caribbean.
On visiting Jamaica he picked up some walnuts and, on his return to Callington, planted the nuts in the grounds of his parents' estate.

Sadly, the tree blew down in 1985 having rotted at its base.