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Any cemetery lover/ taphophile is sure to enjoy this unique profile bust of a man upon a sandsone tree stump headstone. These unique grave markers have an interesting history. In 1883 Joseph Cullen Root heard a sermon about "pioneer woodsmen clearing away the forest to provide for their families. he took this to heart and formed the Woodsmen of America and later the Woodsmen of the World. One of the enduring legacies of this organisation is that untill the 1920s they promised their members that none of them would go buried without a marker and thus most of the tree stump headstones you find in cemeteries our theirs. Typically the headstones would include a depiction of the WOW relics—symbols of the organization. These include most notably a stump or felled tree (inscribed into a more generic monument in some cases, rather than the more noticeable instances of the entire monument being in the shape of the log or tree-stump); the maul and wedge; an axe; and often a Dove of Peace with an olive branch. As Woodmen "do not lie" a common inscription: "Here rests a Woodman of the World" Their are all sorts of added symbology that can be found on these stumps and some of them are very complext with even the names of ancestors and decendants carved on roots and branches while others are muh simpler affairs. All of them have a great natural charm when i come accross them I am sure to go over and admire them. they are probably my second favorite type of headstone next to the zink ones.