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750 bd/ft of Walnut Down for a 3 Year Nap

Posted on September 12th, by Andy Brownell in Wood. 2 comments

So here is a quick gallery of the cut and stacked lumber from the walnut tree cut a few weeks ago. Grain looks awesome. Pieces range from 5′ – 10′ long, 10″-34″ wide and are cut at 5/4, 9/4 and 16/4 thick to allow for shrinkage as they dry. Everything is flat, stickered and will be covered and sealed shortly.
Now all we need is time, somewhere around 3 years for the thick stuff to be ready.

Patience and time will tell, as is the case with any tree cut and milled from a yard.¬†Fall of 2015 seems like a long way … Read More »


Long ago, in a German bog a mighty oak fell.

Posted on August 11th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Wood. 5 comments

Somebody then found it and had it cut into veneer, who knows when. The colors range from a medium tobacco brown through nearly charcoal black. Medullary rays appear throughout the veneer stack and have an almost olive tint to them in the light.

I came across a number of stacks of this veneer tucked away in a back corner of Midwest Woodworking here in Cincinnati. This is a 6″ wide strip with some pretty exceptional figure and color. The outer part of the tree was exposed to the slow staining decay of the bog which gave it the dark color. This … Read More »


A Tale of Three Wood Species from Knysna, South Africa

Posted on August 5th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Wood. No Comments

My wife’s Uncle lives in town, but like many of the relatives on my wife’s side of the family, he is originally from Capetown, South Africa. Along with his family, he brought his woodworking equipment (still wired for 220 volts), and a small cache of lumber indigenous to South Africa. The majority of it he purchased over 30 years ago from a small town 4 hours East of Capetown called Knysna. The original shipping label is picture above as it appeared on one of several piles.

I’ve written about Knysna in a previous post (I was fortunate enough to … Read More »