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Thread: Is this nuts? Yea or nae?

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    Is this nuts? Yea or nae?

    So these walnuts ended up stuck in the crotch of the tree and stayed there until we resawed it. The customer thought it would be cool to exhibit the slab as it was in nature.
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    I vote cool. So I guess that's a Yea.

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    I vote yea. I've done SOO much pristine, consistent grain stuff... I'm starting a walnut top now and just picked some knotty boards with great figure.

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    The epoxy fill makes it look contrived to me, like you added it. But if the customer likes it it's a Yea.

    John

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    That's neat - I assume you filled the "nut" with clear epoxy then backfilled the rest of the defect with black epoxy?

    I agree with John that this particular defect sets of my "river table with fake plastic frogs and marbles set in epoxy"-detector, but only because it's SO symmetric that it's almost incredulous that you found it that way. But that seems like an unfair assessment, because you DID find it that way!

    I like rustic walnut. Neat!

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    I did something very similar, only i had a walnut shell/husk lodged in a bark inclusion atone point in the board. I filled the void with slightly tinted epoxy, and i like it. Sounds like your situation is pretty similar.

    I can see how some wouldnt like it, but ive seen several pieces where the furniture maker carved a relief of the tree species' leaves/fruit into the finished piece and i liked it a lot.

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    Creative opportunity not to be missed. Thanks
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Cool story, and it looks great too. At least a thousand times better use of epoxy than a 'river table'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny means View Post
    So these walnuts ended up stuck in the crotch of the tree and stayed there until we resawed it. The customer thought it would be cool to exhibit the slab as it was in nature.
    Ha, I found one almost exactly like that a few months ago, but in a smalish turning blank I cut rather in a board. The nut in mine was not in as good a shape as yours.

    JKJ

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    I like it. A bullet or cross section of a screw could be cool, too.

    Erik
    Felder USA Territory Representative: Central & South Texas

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    Nice...I like it! Nice job also on filling in the hole. It doesn't look homogeneous like epoxy, more like ebony or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Loza View Post
    I like it. A bullet or cross section of a screw could be cool, too.

    Erik
    Definitely a Texan

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    I think it was an outstanding decision! Wow...nice! And it always will have a tale to tell.
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    I think of the fill as nouget. With out the fill it would always have some food stuck in it. It's an interesting shape ,without
    info I'm not sure I would have known what it was.

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    I vote yes. I also wonder if you will use iron pipe or hairpin legs?
    Rick Potter

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    AKA Village Idiot.

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