Walnut is a lovely wood that is a pleasure to work with. Where the caveat lies is finding enough matching boards for a project. The variation of colors in walnut can vary wildly from tree to tree. Here we see 5 boards and at least 3 different shades of walnut. I was trying my best to save the client some money and use lumber I already had in stock but… I’m good but not magic.
I had to head to my lumber dealer and search through his stock to find something that would match. The biggest board I had in stock has some reddish tinge to it so that’s what I looked for. It took awhile but I found a real beauty that ended up being perfect for the job. When I picked it I was planning on cutting off the bark but, once I got it home and measured everything, it turned out that I needed to make use of the entire board. I went ahead and peeled the bark off and realized that it had a real nice natural edge. I’ve never worked with live edge but after checking that it was OK with the client, I went for it.