Californian Claro Walnut grows up to 60 feet tall with a crown of branches that can easily extend and sweep shadows over its grasses that are longer than the tree is tall. It's lumber produced from harvesting the gorgeous timber is accepted globally as one of the most beautiful that are commercially available.
And unfortunately, this too has led to the thinning of it's naturally occurring population. It also has super delicious nuts dangling from those long chocolate bows. Erp.
Unfortunately, some of our most revered woodworkers in the furniture building industry, both today and in recent history (yes, probably the head honchos you think of now) are culprits of dissemniating the information that Claro Walnut - California Gold, is "naturally sustainable".
This is not quite the case.
I would make sure your furniture builder has urban harvested lumber, or that the claro walnut he claims is "naturally sustainable" has a significant amount of rot in it, or the presence of a conspicuously coloured part of the slab which is different than the majority.
This is called a Graft line, and visually displays how it was used as a rootstock for English Walnut to grow from, to harvest walnuts. A telltale sign it came from an orchard - and not from the forests.
I just picked some up from Northern Cali my babies. My bud at walnutwoods.net has the good ish - lots of rot in their inventory (although I try to avoid the super gnarly ones) and lots of graft lines. This will soon be a low sitting dudo relaxo writing desk on a reclaimed fir base.
Posted by Jeffuardo at 21.1.10