The Nicholson top was inspired by the classic Nicholson pavement of the past. I was walking around the streets of Savannah, GA, where I came across a unique wooden brick pavement at the train museum. Specifically, in the roundhouse, the entire ground was “paved” with wooden bricks. I had never seen anything like it, and it intrigued me that this method was actually used. Upon further investigation, I learned that in the 1800’s, it was very common for roads to be made of wood. At the time, there was an abundance of wood, and not much stone. Therefore, wood was commonly used over stone. It also did not create dust or mud when it wore down. It also created a damped surface for horse drawn carriages.