Walnut tree...

28 February 2015, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

It’s not often I hear of a walnut being felled in my area, so was surprised when I received a call from the tree surgeon. This particular example had the beginnings of heart rot and was dangerously overhanging a drive.

Although not a huge tree, the timber had some beautiful markings and was relatively free from cracks. Luckily, my job of cutting it up had been made easier, as it was laid out in sections on the drive – no pushing a wheelbarrow across a muddy field, which is usually the case!

The classic dark colour of walnut comes from the heartwood – the sapwood is actually very pale…


Here is my van full of timber. The colours and grain markings are quite evident…


I always like to leave things clean and tidy after my chain sawing. The stump can be seen in the background, which I guess could have been cut down further – however, there were some big stones in the way and my back was getting tired!...


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  1. Gravatar of Richard Pyle
    Richard Pyle2 March 2015 23:56

    My back is hurting just thinking about moving all that wood. Looks like some beautiful stuff. I got some walnut here in Oklahoma, USA. It was darker throughout w/ just an inch or so of sapwood. The one problem I had w/ it was cracking after I cut my blanks. I will have to fill the cracks w/ epoxy when I get to them.

  2. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech4 March 2015 18:25

    I do find cracking is a problem with walnut. I cut the sections into slabs on site, working around the defects - however on close examination, just about piece has a crack in it! I'll have to buy in a bulk order of super glue!

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