Does anyone else – when working with black walnut – think it smells delicious? I just want to eat it whenever I’m cutting it. I was recently cutting out a ball blank from a glue-up of walnut, maple, and wenge, the latter two of which don’t really have a smell when cut. But the walnut! My dull band saw blade was more burning than cutting, and I was just about drooling all over the table. It smelled like warm cinnamon chocolate bread pudding. I almost ran to the bakery in defiance of my new year’s diet. What torture!
What other woods do you love to work with for the smell (or taste! :) alone? Which ones stink too much to enjoy?
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator