A few weeks ago a fellow from a town over called me about a guitar repair, he had cracked the guitar neck and heard about me.
I took the job, and he turned out to be a FedEx driver who also used to refinish and was a fair woodworker himself, albeit currently without a shop.
I did the work on the guitar, and when he picked it up he revealed to me that he had a whole walnut tree that had been planked rough and was stickered under cover, now going on 15 years racked. Would I be interested in some for say, $1.50 a board foot?
When the day came for me to call him to go pick it up, he called first. He said he had to come to my town to pick up a relative, and would I mind if he delivered about $100 worth to my house? Said it would save him time. Save him time? Wow, delivery? Hoorah!
Duh, of course!
What I got was old time walnut, some planks up to 14” wide, all of it 8’ to 10’ long. I got somewhere North of 70 board feet, rough cut, all at least 1” thick, with those lovely wide boards making up about half of it. No sap wood, which amazed me. He said they had cut it off when it was planked. He said the original tree was about 26-30” in diameter. He also threw in about 8 board feet of cherry which he didn’t want. We unloaded it into my driveway so I could fit it into my shop. He even offered to help me load it onto the racks, but I said he had done enough! My moisture meter said all of it was about 11% or less. I ran one plank through my planer, gawd, what beautiful stuff. I’m not even normally a huge walnut person, but this stuff is old growth knockout beautiful.
Thanks, Chris from FedEx, wherever you are!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com