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=Adam=

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Hi guys,

Today in work one of the apprentices told me that one of his neighbours (a tree surgeon) was cutting down a walnut tree and was wondering if anyone he knew wanted to buy bits, my first thought was yeah go for it, however I am not sure if it is worth getting or not.

I would want to use this wood for turning however I have no idea if walnut is any good on the lathe or is it best avoided?

Also I have no idea what it is worth, would it be an expensive timber to buy comparable to oak or is it a lower quality/cost?

Ideally I would like a few pieces that would allow me to get a couple of bowls (maybe 12" dia by say 3" thick) and maybe some other material to do a few turned boxes and possibly even enough to make a small jewellery box for my girlfriend for Christmas.

I know I am asking a lot however I would just like an idea of what walnut is worth in order to see if it is worth (financially) getting some.

Cheers guys!
 

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Hi Adam
I've just turned some Walnut into heads for miniature croquet mallets and you can get a lovely finish on it. I'd had the piece for about 15 years so it was well seasoned but one piece still split after all those years! I wouldn't have thought green Walnut would have a great value, I'd give it a go if was no more than £10 a cubic foot but Welsh Walnut may have a premium value and I could be miles out #-o

Regards Keith
 

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Walnut is a beautiful wood to turn, you will need to expend some time drying it (months/years) to get the most productive use out of it.
Have a search for posts about walnut, seem to remember paulm having handled some.
If you want to see some as used have a look at my bits and pieces link.

and there are some images of a walnut piece here
 

=Adam=

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Thanks for the info guys! I have looked at your link and the wood is absolutely stunning and I must say that you get excellent results with that buffing system!

I think I will acquire some of this timber providing that he asks a reasonable price for it, after all, he has already been paid once to take it down!
 
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