We were sanding some walnut lumber the other day in the shop, and look what we found. It’s a walnut in the walnut. How nutty! It looks like the walnut shell fell into a crotch in the tree and the tree grew around it. I am so glad to run into a foreign object that doesn’t ruin the equipment.
I’ve never seen this before. Usually it’s a big chunk of metal.
This photo was sent in by a WunderWoods follower. He was resawing lumber for the top of turkey calls and cut a walnut perfectly in half. It makes a nice turkey call and a great story.
This turkey call was made from walnut with a walnut.
Hi! My name is Scott Wunder and I am the owner of WunderWoods Custom Woodworking. We build wine cellars, built-ins and furniture from local woods, here in St. Louis, MO. Recently, I finished a three-year term as the President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, which had me writing a monthly article for our newsletter. I love to write, especially about wood, and found that I still had more to say. Every day I run into something wood related that I realize some of my customers don't know and this seems like a great forum for sharing what I have learned (instead of telling the same story to each person). The main thing to remember is that I try to keep it light and as my wife always reminds people that have just met me, "He is joking."
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821 Midpoint Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366
We offer local high-grade hardwood lumber milled by us. All lumber is rough sawn with surfacing available at the standard shop rate. We have green lumber, air-dried and kiln dried lumber as well as lower grades available. Because we love wood, we have a lot of very interesting stock. From spalting, to curly grain as well as wacky shaped pieces and unbelievably gorgeous slabs.
We are open for retail sales of lumber and slabs from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays and 9 am. – 5 pm. during the week. If you are interested in custom work, please call for an appointment. Scott can be reached at 314-574-6036.
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Some years ago I found a “captive walnut” in a piece of Missouri walnut that I was resawing. I was lucky enough to saw the nut pretty much right in half. I made two nice box turkey calls with this unique wood. Was very pleased to see that you too found a treasure. I will send you a picture.
Looks like a crown, of sorts… perhaps a logo could be created from it?