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Project by leafherder posted 01-22-2014 12:10 AM 654 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks,

Thanks for looking. This is my entry in the Winter 2014 Contest and first let me say that I loved the theme: Walnut.

My experience with American Black Walnut trees began 45 years ago and I am currently tending two 25 year old trees that I grew from seed. I refer to them as part of my retirement fund (have you seen the price of Walnut lumber recently?), but I would be perfectly content if they just provided enough lumber for a Maloof style rocking chair someday. So I was concerned when storms and a bumper crop of walnuts (347 on one limb) brought down three limbs last August. But the trees seemed to take it in stride and the squirrels cleaned up the nuts so I was not too concerned. Then on Christmas day the local newspaper ran an article about a fungus that has infected Walnut trees in a neighboring county causing them to quarantine the wood to prevent the disease from spreading. So I will be keeping a close eye on my trees this year.

When this contest was announced I went out to check the pieces I had set aside to dry, the larger ones and the ones for canes were not dry enough to use yet, but I had a bunch of these little slices I had intended for coasters.

Looking at them I did not think that a coaster would really represent the true spirit of the Walnut tree, so I collected some of the walnut twigs that were still laying around my yard and came up with this idea, because Walnut trees (like people and snowflakes) are each unique. Several coats of spray lacquer, some brass wire and a small turquoise bead provided the finishing touches.

I am sure this simple ornament will not come close to equaling the amazing projects that other Lumberjocks will enter, but thanks for looking and taking the time to read the story.

-- Leafherder





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Brett

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 02:54 PM

Good job on the ornament! Creative, very creative. I really enjoyed the story. I have a large black walnut tree in the yard. It is my favorite tree. We had some freezing rain a couple of years ago and lost some large limbs. I have those and waiting for project ideas to come up to utilize some of it. I have done a few projects with it but not many. Thanks for sharing.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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leafherder

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 07:15 PM

Thanks for the feedback Brett, glad you liked my simple project. I have found Lumberjocks to be a great source if inspiration when it comes to project ideas – I have several in mind for my Walnut chunks when they are suitably seasoned. I look forward to seeing what you create from your own “windfall”.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 08:25 PM

Very creative idea nicely implemented.
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.gaborski.com

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leafherder

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 11:42 PM

Thanks Roger, glad you liked it.

-- Leafherder

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