Just in time for Thanksgiving feasts, we recently delivered two gorgeous custom walnut dining tables. The highly figured claro walnut came from trees salvaged during an arson set wildfire in the Sacramento valley a few years back. Claro walnut is native to California and only one original stand of trees is confirmed. Fortunately it has been a popular shade tree and it is often used for streetscaping and habitat restoration. The species is also important as a rootstock for cultivating English walnut trees around the world (for nut production).
From a furniture making point of view we love claro walnut for its workability, color variation and the amazing figure. This table was made from a pair of book matched slabs and measured 42″(avg.) x 114″. The custom steel pedestals were fabricated by Tacoma’s Jennifer Weddermann. We inlaid wenge butterflies to stabilize the larger cracks and also filled some of the deep bark inclusions with epoxy resin.
For the table below (and the accompanying buffet and bench) the client wanted a single slab (not a bookmatched pair). We were able to source a 15′ long walnut slab that had a section that measured the desired 36″ in width. All 3 tops and most of the legs and supports came from that single slab. The design was inspired by a picture that the client had found which we modified to work into their budget.
We will soon have more photos from these two projects on our Flickr page (including a shot of the 15′ long slab riding on top of our shop’s van. So check back soon.