Yesterday we discovered that one of our two-man crosscut saws (#3355) had been ordered lastÂ FridayÂ and was en route toÂ its destination somewhereÂ in New England.
NothingÂ unusual about that – we ship orders all over the world every day. However, due to a minor routing problem with the delivery, the customer informed us that this saw is intended for a very unique and honorable purpose: cutting down the 84-foot Norway Spruce destined to be this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!
Now, if you’re not familiar with this American tradition, here are a fewÂ fast facts, courtesy of the Rockefeller Center website:
- The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is often called “the world’s most famous Christmas Tree.” It is typically a Norway Spruce, approx. 75-90 feet tall and weighing up to 9 tons.
- The first tree was put up in 1931, and the first formal lighting ceremony was in 1933. The famous ice skating pond opened in 1936.
- Â Last year’s tree (2006) featured 30,000 lights on 5 miles of wire! (We want to know who went insane trying to untangle THAT!)
- Since 1974, the tree has been recycled, with the mulchÂ givenÂ to the Boy Scouts of America and the largest portion of the trunk to the U.S. Equestrian Team to use as a practice jump. How green of them!
- The largest tree in Rockefeller Center historyÂ was put up in 1999 – a 100-foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut.
Here’s anÂ article mentioning the saw.
Lehman’s is honored and excited to have one of our products put to such an amazing use. We’ll keep you posted on the further adventures of 2-man crosscut saw #3355, and we’ll do our best to post some pictures of it in action on this huge tree! (Learn more about this saw here.)