Through the Bay Area Woodworkers Association I found a couple in Burlingame who had a little walnut. They were incredibly nice. We took a photo a-la “American Gothic” so they may not look as friendly as they are in real life… but check out what “a little” walnut looks like!
Well, it was a lotta walnut! Directed one turner there, who picked up some good stuff for bowls. Then last Sunday I met two other spoon people there. We cut up one bigger log to make some blanks… So this was the first meeting of the Bay Area Spoon Carvers (BASC)!
When I got home I cleaned up the blanks, and coated the end grain with glue to keep the checking to a minimum:
On left is riven wedges, on right is same with pith and bark split off. While we were there my long suffering mallet broke, so I made a new, ludicrous mallet on site. I will make a more sensible one next week, but here it is… exactly 8 lbs. o’ fugly: