My dad had the tree next to his house cut down for safety reasons (dropping limbs on the house). He sold the 5 1/2 foot diameter trunk with all the burls and crotch and a couple large limbs to Goby Walnut (I’m still mad about that) but we were left with 3 large limbs (3 foot diameter if I remember correctly) and smaller that we had cut up into varying widths and lengths. We’re planing it now and it’s some really beautiful stuff. Getting the dark chocolate to the red colors, some light to fairly consistent “quilting” (or curly or tiger stripe or whatever you want to call it) with some marbling here and there. I’m keeping some longer lenghts for some projects and a lot of the under 3 foot lengths that we had to cut that way due to some twisting (in order to plane it flat) for small projects like humidors etc. I’d like to get some advice on how to finish in a way that really highlights the figure. I’ve gotten advice from just using tung oil to varnish/shellac to using water based stains etc. The wood has been air dried for 6 months and kiln dried for 30 days.
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