14 February 2015 at 1:03 am #124618
I picked up a branch from a guy round the corner from me. He said it was walnut, and although I’ve not had walnut before I’m fairly sure that’s not what this is. It’s very fine grained, and creamy all the way through with a little decay. I guess from the size and shape it’s some sort of fruit or ornamental tree wood.
Any ideas on what it really is? Pics below.
Southampton, UK14 February 2015 at 1:36 am #124619
The grain sure looks like walnut to me, but the bark doesn’t. I’m going to say that it is walnut of some kind of species.14 February 2015 at 8:22 am #124621Frank JosephMember
The sap wood is cream / off white the hart wood is brown can variety from Ltd to dark coffee brown. The bark is rough. . Are there walnut husks on the ground ?
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.14 February 2015 at 12:40 pm #124623
@frankj, I never saw the tree, I just picked up the branch and a few old chisels from his garage. I was expecting something in the region of dark brown and was honestly a little disappointed with what I got, which is more like the colour of maple or sycamore. Still, free wood is free wood.
@beran, I had not considered it might be another species in the same genus. It does seems unlikely that you could mistake anything else for a walnut tree if it doesn’t produce walnuts.
Then again, some ornamental species of pear produce fruit so unrecognisable compared to the commonly eaten fruit that I suspect they could easily be misidentified by a layman, perhaps this guy was just told it was an ornamental walnut and never questioned it.
The wood is very nice to work with, whatever it is, I think I’m going to use a lot for carving practice.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Southampton, UK14 February 2015 at 6:22 pm #124630
Like Frank said, the sap wood on walnut is a cream color, you don’t get to the dark stuff until the center. The branch doesn’t look big enough to have much dark wood in it. I will go in my wood shop and take a picture of some walnut with sap wood still on it and we will be able to compare it. I will be right back.14 February 2015 at 6:51 pm #124632
This is about 1/4 of the walnut that I have in my shop and I had to look pretty hard to find some sap wood. I always try to avoid it.
I figured I would post this picture and make some of you jealous. Three walnut boards about 17″ wide.
The final one is a couple of pieces edge glued together with sap wood, but as you can see from the picture the grain pattern is almost exactly the same as your piece.14 February 2015 at 6:58 pm #124634James SavageParticipant
The bark looks like Beech to me, can Beech wood darken with age?
Beech trees produce nuts which could have been confused for walnuts, although they look nothing like walnuts.
Jim - Derbyshire.
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