I posted this over at Homestead Finishing and didn’t get any feedback. Maybe someone here will know something about it…
A friend at work recently brought a bunch of old woodworking magazines to work and let everyone dig thru and take what they wanted. One is an old Better Homes and Gardens “WOOD” magazine from 1999. In the very back is mention of a purportedly centuries old traditional stain that is made from the green husks of the Black Walnut before it is ripe. It describes a very simple process for extracting the liquids from the husks which then dries into a pile of crystals. According to the piece these crystals are virtually the same as the VanDyke crystals that have been used for years to make water-based dyes. Apparently these crystals derived from the Black Walnut husks have traditionally been used to make a variety of stain shades, from a light golden oak color to virtually black – depending on how many crystals are disolved in a given amount of water. The piece says that they are used exactly the same way that any water-based dye is used.
Has anyone here ever used this stuff? I’m intrigued by it.