Mrs Jones called and asked if I would be interested in some walnut lumber that her husband had milled 25 years ago which was stacked and stickered in the attic of her garage. Her husband died a couple of years ago and she was selling her house and moving to Georgia to be closer to her daughters and needed to sell the walnut.
I went to her house and looked at the small stack of walnut which looked pretty rough but knew I could use for some small projects. Turned out to be about 75 BF. I gave her a price and she said that I could have it if I would be willing to make a few things out of it so that she could give to her children and grandchildren to remember dad and grampa. She was willing to pay for the finished items so we discussed the things that she would like me to make.
A couple boards of walnut
So here is the list of what I made for Mrs Jones; 2 tables, 5 keepsake boxes, 7 -11×14 picture frames, 10 gavels and 20 pens.
Although the lumber was pretty rough, it was bone dry and the color and texture was really a treat to work with. Lots of tiger striping and some of the crotch material was perfect for bookmatching pieces for the tops of the keepsake boxes. I used about 50 BF so I still have some of this walnut to use on some of my special projects.
These were a lot of fun to make and Mrs Jones is a great client
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com