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12-07-2007 12:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: black walnut burl turning blanks

Cut on 12/3 and 12/4 this wood was salvaged from an orchard that was being removed. I have photos of the tractors riping up the trees around my mill as I pulled the few logs I could salvage from the jaws of the chipper where they were feeding it whole trees at once. The whole orchard is gone today (12/6). I am selling a 900 pound pallet for $450.00

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#1 posted 12-07-2007 01:14 AM

How about 1 or 2 boards? I board would be enough to put the tops on about 10 guitars.

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#2 posted 12-08-2007 05:11 PM

Great find. I would have tried to stop them from wasting the rest. I’d have been armed with a case of beer, knee pads and shot gun…and not been afraid to use them. lol

Is that truely burl (if so your price is too low- s.b. $5.00+ /lb.) or is it Claro walnut? I’ve wanted to mill some Claro walnut but I’m told that out local English walnut trees are not the same species as produces Claro walnut. I tried to find out more about it but there seems to be a lack of knowledge about the subject on the forums. Or maybe you guys getting the big bucks don’t want to give away your secrets. :)

Do you know what species are used for the root stock and the graft?

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#3 posted 12-08-2007 05:19 PM

I thought that Black Walnut was used for the root graft, because of its great root system.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-08-2007 05:55 PM

This orchard is black walnut root stock with English graft for nut production. The amount of pin knot burl or fiddle back figure is different from log to log but each piece has some type of attractive grain pattern. The company removing the orchard was ready to push my mill into the chipper so I was moving as quick as I could.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 07:38 PM

I’m shedding tears at the thought of what went into the chipper. But pleased that you managed to save some.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 07:46 PM

Good going TreeBones. I have been there brother. Those dozers work alot faster than we can, sickening really. At least you were there before it all went to waste.

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 09:18 AM

Nice save Ron – some good looking wood there…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 12-31-2007 01:40 PM

I have some black walnut that was cut from a tree that my Mom used to play under when she was a little one. How I managed to get back into the timber co that now owns the property, now that’s a story in itself.

Over the years, I’ve built my wife a rocking chair and carved her various little gizmos. It is old english walnut and some kind of pretty. The piece of the stump that I had left was sawed into true 11/4 ” boards. 4’ plus boards into 4’’,6’‘and 8’’. Had a friend witha little band saw mill cut it up on halves for me. I have 13 boards.

I always figured someone in the pistor grip business would have a bonanza.


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