Claro Walnut, just in

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Project by rustfever posted 01-19-2010 06:24 AM 2478 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The final Claro Walnut footage is in. As I told earlier, I recieved 7 Claro Walnut logs from a farmer. I took those logs to a sawyer and we converted into boards and turning blanks. I have 210 bd ft in 4/4 and 5/4. About 186 bf in 8/4. 10/4, 12/4, 16/4 and 20/4. Additionally, I have 16 pieces for turning. Most of these are crotch wood or at least very figured. They will turn 4” D to 18”D items. They are up to 24/4 in thickness.

AND WOW. The wood is very figured, and all dark with threads of light wood running thru it. My first turning on the lathe today has my expectations very high

When we were sawing the walnut logs, we found the last one to have termites. WOW. Well, since all of the logs were in the same pile, there is the possibility all of the wood could be infested. When resawing on Saturday, we sorted out anything suspected of being infested. I am very confident we got all of the ‘bad’ wood out. We probably thru away some 300 or 400 BDFT of some nice looking Claro Walnut, just to be safe.

The remainder is going out to a profesional to be fumigated.

Now, as many of you know, my D.I.L. has gently asked that I craft a walnut dining table for her. Of course, since she is the mother of my 7 yo Princess, I said “Yes’ in a heart beat.

The 4 & 5/4wood should be ready to use (IE: 9% MC) by Mid Summer here in the Central Valley of Calfironia.

Tonite, I started turning a bowl. I used a 12/4×9” blank. Roughed it out a bit, then put it to rest in it’s own shaving in a closed box. Will visit it again for a brief turning in about 4 weeks. Should be done in a few months.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 06:34 AM

I have paper with pictures of dead presidents on it, might you be up for a trade?

-- Which way did they go? Tell me, tell me I must know I'm there leader!!

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 07:09 AM

Interested in a small turning block. 4 or 6 diam. 4 thick. Let me know in PM please.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 08:24 AM

Nice looking wood, I know you are going to make some nice project with that.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 12:28 PM

Few things are more beautiful that what is hidden within natures gifts. I am sure you will build something that will do justice to these materials. Looking forward to seeing some of the finished products.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 04:59 PM

Great score, can not wait to see some of of the project from this.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 07:43 PM

Wow! Beautiful wood, being urban trees do you have to check for metal in the wood? I heard some places won’t slab urban trees for that reason. I have a large pecan I would love to slab, over 4’ wide at the base.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 08:37 PM

very nice lumber selection you have there….any of this for sale perhaps….let me know i would be interested in pm mail

-- The Olson workshop

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 09:42 PM

wow, somebody has a very very very nice stack of wood there…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 11:42 PM

These walnut trees came from a farm orchard of over 100 acres. These farm orchard trees are nearly NEVER subjected to metal. However, my sawyer and I have an agreement. If he hits metal, I pay for resharpening. That is a very small price to pay, when you consider he has sawn over 4,000 bdft of urban forest trees without a back charge. He has hit a sand pocket in a Claro Walnut rootball. The blade dulled somewhat, but it did not require premature resharpening.

the up side is I get some absolutely fansastic wood for my sweat and a few dollars to the sawyer.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 01:23 AM


-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 01:40 AM

Wow….I always have my eye out for wood scores….you got a great one….and if you feel the need to spread the wealth…keep me in mind…....hehe

Usually in my area of CA it is Oak, Oak…and more Oak (mostly scrub Oak at that)...unfortunately Oak is not a good turning wood….but some of it is good for making furniture and cabinets…..I just get tired of it sometimes…...We will be looking forward to seeing all the nice projects you turn out with that…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 03:42 AM

wow…that is a stash!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 05-11-2010 12:33 AM

Very nice. I can’t wait to see that bowl.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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