“Shawshank Redemption” was a theatrical flop. It failed to earn $1 million in its opening weekend and left theaters only recouping $16 million of the original $25 million budget. Turner Broadcasting took a risk buying the film; a risk that has since netted the network an estimated $1.5 billion. It would be difficult to find anyone who had not seen a piece of “Shawshank Redemption” which is probably why the seemingly innocuous news of a dead tree being cut up and hauled away has rocked social media.
The great oak tree from the ending sequence of the film was blown over in July 2016 by strong winds and has been cut up and hauled away. According to the Mansfield Journal, the man who owns the land wants to farm the land where the tree sat. The tree was 200 years old.
Most of the tree was rotted, but the remainder is expected to find a second life as a table. There has been no word if the owner would be willing to part with the table or scrap wood. Being able to say your table, boat, or chess set was made from the Shawshank oak would be pretty incredible. If I could afford it, I’d buy the wood and get Nick Offerman to work magic with it. But that’s just me. You wood geeks can do whatever you want with it.