I met a gentleman last week and we got to talking about wood. Turns out he used to work the wood and “still had some walnut” he says. “If you want it, you can have it” Well, my week went by and today my wife and I had to go down to San Diego, so I decided to give Butch a call. “OKay” he says, “I’ll dig it out from the corner of the garage, oh, and bring a truck, because this won’t all fit into a car trunk, that is if you want it all.”
At first I was thinking that this guy had a little bit of walnut, now, I’m thinking wow, this may be worth my while. As we pull up to his house, I see a blue tarp covering a pile. Still not sure what to expect, and definitely not going to get my hopes up before hand. Butch comes out and says, “well, here you go, I hope you can find some use for it. Been sitting in my garage for 30 years”
The story I got from him is that while working for caltrans, some 30 years ago, he salvaged some parts from a walnut tree and a eucalyptus log that was cut down to make way for a new highway somewhere.
When he pulled the tarp back, I almost fell down. I was completely speechless at seeing what I was seeing. He had put a slab of myrtle on top that was 3” thick 22” wide and 36” long. Underneath all of that was the walnut he was talking about. after going through and organizing everything, he had 3 flitches from the same tree and various other pieces. A book matched pair of eucalyptus logs that will work great for some “bench legs” and 3 small burls.
I guess pictures will say a thousand words, so, here ya go…
-- Childress Woodworks