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Roy Underhill style Maul / Mallet - Black Walnut #1: Free wood is good wood part 1

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Blog entry by jordanp posted 166 days ago 1166 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The other day I was driving home and noticed a neighbor had cut back a tree and had some limbs at the curb. I see this fairy often and very rarely stop to grab anything in it’s raw state. I have a very limited space and have no means to resaw limbs into planks/boards.

For some strange reason I stopped immediately, that tree looks different, I thought to myself, It didn’t
Look like the other trees in my area… Hmmm

I loaded up as much as I could fit into the back and headed home..

A few days later I realised I had completely forgotten about the tree limbs.

Luckily I had grabbed some leaves from the tree as well to help ID it.

Hmmm what is this strange tree doing in my neighborhood?

Black Walnut!

Having only a small hatchet to work these logs I called in the calvary. I had remembered my brother recently talking about his new chainsaw!

I called him up and explained what I found and told him about the very first episode of the woodwrights shop I had just recently watched

Maul and Glut

To be continued…...

-- Jordan - Rockwall TX - ”Here’s what im talking about: tweaked nuts:” - Stef



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#1 posted 166 days ago

Interesting, and looking forward to the next blog.

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#2 posted 165 days ago

Sweet score.

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#3 posted 165 days ago

nice

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#4 posted 165 days ago

I pick-up cut-up trees all the time. Some I can use in the shop others I can use in the fireplace. One question though – are you thinking that the leaves in the picture are from a black walnut tree? They just don’t look like any black walnut leaves I have ever seen.

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#5 posted 165 days ago

I matched it to a black walnut on the Texas Agriculture website and once I cut into it just confirmed it even more.
Plus I had a few people look at it and back me up..

We could all be wrong I suppose, (stranger things have happened) but everything i found in my research led me to believe it was Black Walnut.

-- Jordan - Rockwall TX - ”Here’s what im talking about: tweaked nuts:” - Stef

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#6 posted 164 days ago

Thanks for the response. I definitely learned something. I did a little research and it appears that the leaves look more like English Walnut (Juglans Regia) rather than American Walnut (Juglans Nigra). I took an interest because I really like using American Black Walnut and look for Walnut trees when I am out and about. Thanks again for posting.

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#7 posted 164 days ago

I live in North Texas, not sure if English Walnut is a migratory species (lol)

It could also be a Texas native species I suppose, I’m going to look into it some more..

It does have the distinctive brown center new growth ring and the blonde colored wood close to the outer bark.
However on the smaller branches like the ones I have the dark ring is much smaller than you find from the trunk.
Dark/blond wood ratio is about 50/50

-- Jordan - Rockwall TX - ”Here’s what im talking about: tweaked nuts:” - Stef

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#8 posted 164 days ago

One of these I think
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JUMA
Or this one
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JUNI

I think this one is a more common Texas Black Walnut but it’s leaflets are much different. The bark is also much lighter in color with this species.
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JUMI

-- Jordan - Rockwall TX - ”Here’s what im talking about: tweaked nuts:” - Stef

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