This 4,000 pound specimen California claro walnut burl was harvested in 1980 from Clear Lake, California. We are sealing it with a waterproof sealant for shipment to a veneer manufacturing plant, that’s me pouring the sealant. The gentleman standing next to me is Earl Roberts. Earl established Roberts Wood Products in Portland Oregon in 1952. Ten years later Earl and his family moved to northern California where he established Robert’s Wood Products. Earl was one of the first to foresee the value that California Claro walnut would have for the manufacture of high grade gunstocks and furniture. I had the good fortune of meeting Earl in 1975 in Linda California. Earl shared with me his knowledge of tree selection along with proper milling techniques. The Claro walnut burl pictured here produced over 12,000 square feet of high grade veneer.