It’s been a wild few days on the west coast. Saturday it began snowing, and two days earlier I spent the day in warm, sunny weather.
It was a beautiful Thursday morning when Dave Kilpatrick and I set up to cut some small, live-edge walnut pieces, destined to become cribbage boards. I positioned the chunks of walnut on a jig, which holds them steady, and told Dave where I wanted him to make the cuts.
The quality of his cuts was impressive as always and I left with a lot of beautiful slices of black walnut. I stacked and stickered them on a pallet in my yard and coated the ends with wax to control the drying process.
The walnut will dry there for at least a year before I bring it into my shop to continue the drying process. Perhaps in 2016 or 2017, you will see the first cribbage board made from this material. I guarantee that it will be worth the wait!