Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
yet another possibility

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
Usually the center 4" "/- of a walnut tree is discarded. It typically shatters when dried. This is the wood made by the tree when it is young and it is reaching for the sky to get a light advantage. The cells are different from wood made later. If I remember correctly they are longer and make weaker, limber wood.

In any case, this tree was unusual in this regard too. The wood right up to the pith was sound. Just the pith itself cracked upon drying. It may be that this "butt" wood was also wood from near the pith. It came off one of two boards and one of these was sawed close to the pith, and in fact had pith on one edge which I later trimmed away.

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