I just finished a small walnut table for our foyer at home. Susan had wanted something designed for a specific space and had pointed out a few examples of the overall style that she wanted. I’ve been working on it for some time along with a dozen other projects, so it took a good while, but at least it’s there now in time for some holiday entertaining.
I love to work with walnut. My grandfather apparently felt the same way because every piece I have that he made was done in walnut. The other reason may be that his brother lived on the family farm outside of Troutman, and there may have been walnut trees that they took from the farm to the sawmill for relatively inexpensive (for them) wood. Nowadays, walnut wood costs dearly. Fortunately, I still have a stack of it that I inherited, so when I want to make something, I just dive into that pile. Unfortunately, that pile is on my side of our garage, so the price I pay for having nice dry wood is my having to park outside. It’s all worthwhile though when I put the final finish on that wonderful rich wood and see the grain pop and feel how silky smooth it is. It just begs to be touched.
The things I make I hope will be passed down to future generations, just like the pieces my grandfather made.