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#1 posted 08-28-2013 06:10 PM

Marcus, I have sawn black walnut at about 36” diameter with 4” sapwood on each side; have also sawn 36” with less than 2”, some brown already leaching thru to the bark. The first was a nice, healthy tree that came from the middle of a farmers field (it was coming down, couldn’t talk him out of it), the second from in front of a museum and that was diseased and dying. These are Claro, I am unfamiliar with East coast black walnut. In some cases the brown heartwood will mingle with the sapwood, making beautiful swirls and combinations; some wood processors (tho not me) will steam the wood to help the brown tannin leach thru the sapwood to color it, then try to sell it as heartwood or just not mention it. As a clarifier, I should state that my statements are from my experience, and may or may not reflect that of someone else. And I agree, this thread is informative and easy to read, I know of a few peeps that could use reading it… including myself a few years ago.

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