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Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Aps Gavel Meets a New Block

Author
item Hummer, Kim

Submitted to: Journal of American Pomological Society
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: July 29, 2006
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This is a summary on the history of the gavel and the block of the American Pomological Society (APS). In 2001, Dr. David Ferree, Emeritus Professor from the Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio, presented a gavel to the APS. He made this wooden gavel. He carved the head from a branch of th oldest known surviving apple believed to have been planted by John “Appleseed” Chapman. The handle was turned out of cherry wood. In 2006, John Martsching, Retired Biological Technician from the Small Fruit Genetics Program, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis Oregon, presented a block to go with the gavel. John carved the block from a pear rootstock donated by Dr. Melvin Westwood, Emeritus Pomology Professor from Oregon State University.

Technical Abstract: This is a summary on the history of the gavel and the block of the American Pomological Society (APS). In 2001, Dr. David Ferree, Emeritus Professor from the Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio, presented a gavel to the APS. He made this wooden gavel. He carved the head from a branch of th oldest known surviving apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) believed to have been planted by John “Appleseed” Chapman. The handle was turned out of cherry (Prunus avium L.) wood. In 2006, John Martsching, Retired Biological Technician from the Small Fruit Genetics Program, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis Oregon, presented a block to go with the gavel. John carved the block from a pear (Pyrus betulifolia Bunge) rootstock donated by Dr. Melvin Westwood, Emeritus Pomology Professor from Oregon State University.

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