George Nakashima is one of the most influential contemporary woodworkers of all time. A Japanese-American architect and furniture maker, he has inspired generations of woodworkers. His signature work celebrates the organic, individualist nature of wood. His large live edge table tops embrace the rough wild nature of natural edges, crevices and cracks, highlighting the figure of the wood with simple, beautiful finishing and expert butterfly joinery.
A common problem found working with reclaimed or old cut lumber is the need to clean up and mill the wood while maintaining the weathered appearance. Whether one is making a new project, or trying to match the wood in an older piece, the grayed out “old look” can be a challenge to achieve.
Claro walnut trees are no longer planted and are becoming increasingly fewer and fewer. They are now being taken down because of old age and changing land use. What once was a beautiful back yard tree has grown to an unmanageable old giant. That is where we come in.
As a client told me the other day, wood is perpetual. It is an organic substance and is constantly moving from its form as a tree through its life in any wood product. The constant movement in wood is caused by wood fibers and cells absorbing and losing moisture in response to changes in the relative humidity of the surrounding environment.