The joy of dealing with English Walnut
Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017
There are highs and lows when cutting Walnut and despite doing my best to ensure we only spend time on promising logs sometimes it can be a gamble as without the benefits of X-ray vision you can never know fully what you will get. This was one such log, very limited length, bits of rot, multiple limbs, it had all of these issues and of course which ever way it went, the yield was always going to be small. But at inspection I could see some nice black line and the colour was down into the bottom of the root. There was a machine on site to drop it on board so I took a chance on it. What I couldn't see of course was the lump of concrete, bits of brick and cement inside, embedded within many years ago. After a few hours work we managed to cut out all the muck and grit and hopefully we won't find any further issues when we put it on the saw. Luckily my hunch on it containing some very nice timber was right and later in its life it will be cut into guitar billets and for other projects requiring pretty small sections.
Good sized English Walnut
Posted on Friday 20th October 2017
We have been back out collecting logs this week. Below are some images of the latest one. It's not the biggest girth wise but with a mid girth of 132 inches not skinny. But it was of good length which made for 4 logs to add to the saw pile.
Future English Walnut guitar sets
Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017
It's been some time since posting any news but that is not to say I have not been out trying to find good quality logs to replenish the sadly all but empty back and side set stock we have carried in the past. English Walnut is not abundant here in the uk and the vast majority of the logs we handle whilst being of a planking grade they just don't come up to grade for what people want to use in the next prized guitar. Well this week I did manage to collect one such all be a small and very sappy one. The colour and stripe look very promising but only time will tell after straightening of the rather wonkey bottom end I ran the saw through to see what it would look like on the planked faces. It looks extremely promising and will I'm sure make for some lovely material, that is unless someone comes along and buys it before it gets to the point of sawing.
Posted on Saturday 28th January 2017
Just to show we do from time to time deal with timber besides Walnut inculded are a couple of images of a recent purchase, a 18ft burr oak log. The burrs travel right back into the pith as indicated in the cut end of the log, some of this burrs wrap almost completely around and are larger than wheelbarrows
Breaking up large English Walnut butt
Posted on Saturday 28th January 2017
Late last year we purchased what is the largest Walnut we have seen todate. It had a cavity as is typical of most of the older logs we deal with and it's always a gamble as to if costs of dealing with it make it a worthwhile venture. On this occasion given what appeared a sound section to one side we made a very healthy offer on it and I kept my fingers crossed. Yesterday I got a chance to see what was inside and as always it was a total surprise. From the outside there were a number of burrs and I could make out bits of pip in areas where a section came away from where the top was taken out so I pressumed inside would be a scattering of pips and clusters of little burrs, in fact it turned out to be extremely clear and the reason we continued to saw for four quarters to saw. First the task was to break the log down the centre of the fork, given it was almost 8foot wide at this point. We got of to bad start hitting a cup and saucer buried deep inside the fork, after a change of the chain we finally got it broken in halve. This allowed us to see what was clearly happening with the cavity. One side had only a shallow piece in, we could have planked this through and through but decided to saw for the quarters instead, it can be seen with it laid flat me stood above lining up the cut. The other section had the worst of the cavity in but again as you can see where this has been broken into quarters will still produce some fine timber. We hope to saw these sections within the next two weeks and will update when we do.