Wood Gloat, Claro Walnut, Central California

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Blog entry by rustfever posted 01-13-2010 06:05 AM 1600 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently gifted 4 Claro Walnut logs. When i went to pick them up, I found there were 7, not four. They were from 24” D to 40”D. All were from 5’-6” to 7’6” L. Yesterday I took them to the sawyer. 3 hours later I have some of the most beautiful slabs. About 40% were cut into 4/4 flitches. Another 40% were cut into 5/4 flitches. The remainder were specifically cut for turning. 15 pieces for turning, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, 16/4, 20/4 one at 24/4. In addition, I saved one piece of the crotch pieces at 28/4×22” x 24”. I would quess the total board footage as about 1200. However, when I get done trimming, I would assume I will have not much more than about 60% of the total.

This wood will be air dried. Here in Central California, I would expect a moisture contance of 9% by July 1, 2010

I took no pictures. I was so much into the process, I never picked up the camera. This weekend, I will get a few employees to help me unload, trim, stickers, and band up the wood. maybe I can take some pics and include them in future blogs.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 06:51 AM

Man what a gift. Great job. I wood love to see the pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 07:53 AM

I LOVE claro. I want to see if you get a chance to get some shots later! How exciting.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 07:53 AM

Fantastic score! wood love to have some of that to turn, or boxes, or everything!!!!!! Fantastic wood. Can’t wait to see pics and see the projects that come from it.

Keep us posted.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 08:16 AM

Very nice Ira. I will have to get down there to check it out.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 11:40 AM

you will catch up with Karson at this rate.. great gloat… need to see the pics tho…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 04:42 PM

In case you heven’t heard it before we need pics! Nice score!

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 06:41 PM

You are blessed! Congratulations. We’ll look forward to seeing them converted into posted projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 04:26 AM

very cool…cant wait to see!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 08:08 AM

sounds great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 08:38 PM

I have completed the resawing, trimming, ricking, and Anchorsealing. Inventory is:
5 ea 1”x 6” x 6’
7 ea 1” x 8” to 12”x 5’ to 6’6”
4ea 1” x 14” to 18” x 5” to 7’
19 ea 1.25” x 8” to 17” x 4’ to 5’6”
7 ea 2” to 3.5” x 8” to 14”, from 4’ to 5’6”
21 chunks for lathe work 2”, 3”, 4” 5” & 6” thick. and from 8” diameter to 24” in diameter. Several pieces were distinct crotch grain that should make a beautiful turning.

By the way, all of the wood is very dark and should produce some very distictive graining.

I have not tried to discover the total bd footage.

When cutting, we discovered one log had termites. That simple discover led to the removal of anything suspeced of possibly having an infestation. The seven logs were laying in a pile, but only one was actually in contact with the ground. However, to be safe, all wood will undergo fumigation.I have contacted two different specialty concerns to accomplish this work

-- Rustfever, Central California

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