Claro Walnut

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Forum topic by WoodYard posted 07-27-2012 12:15 AM 655 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2012 12:15 AM

I was fortune enough to acquire a lumber collection that had been in dry storage for 30+ years. I have planed some Walnut that looks just a little different. More color. Could be mineral streaks. I am not familiar w/ Claro. What do I look for? Thanks.

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 12:26 AM

If I remember right Claro walnut is a cross between english and black walnut trees. It is one of my very favorite woods. It does have alot of figure in it and a rich brown/purple/black mix to it.

I have only used it for lathe work so far and it is like blackwalnut crotch with alot of figure like burl in it.


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#2 posted 07-27-2012 05:03 AM

Claro walnut is juglans hindsii. In my experience it is typically a lot darker than American black walnut (ABW), with purplish hues. It’s a west coast of USA wood. Some trees are, I believe, actually crosses between true claro and ABW. GOOGLE “juglans hindsii” for more.

Claro is typically quite a bit more expensive than ABW so you may have a mini gold mine on your hands . . .

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