The massive walnut tree pictured below is a rare species known as Bastogne walnut. The species of walnut was first discovered and cultivated by Luther Burbank in the late 1890’s. This magnificent tree had to be removed due to it’s proximity to high voltage power lines and failing health caused by a recent wildfire.

There were 6 trunks growing from a single stem that measured 26′ in circumference at ground level. My friend Michael made the 360 degree cut at the base of the trunk. The woodnut used a Stihl 090 chainsaw for cutting the log into smaller sections for transporting to our sawmill located in Grass Valley, CA.

This rare species of walnut was milled for the manufacture of musical instruments and restocking collectible firearms as well as furniture and high-end accessories. The wood displays exceptional color variation along with a wide range of extravagant figure.

Next: Milling and Drying