Hmm... That hasn't been my experience with butternut. It is a
beautiful wood, but it is much, much lighter than walnut, and softer
by several degrees. Having worked with both, I wouldn't consider the
working properties the same- butternut is much more likely to tear out
or chip than walnut, in my experience. But they're both great woods,
especially when you inlay butternut into walnut- that golden tint in
the butternut is really set off by the darker walnut, and flashes in a
way the walnut does not.
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As I say, my experience is based on carving them, not general
woodworking. For carving they both work about the same. Roughly the
same hardness and about the same workability. I didn't notice any
difference in the tendency to chip or splinter and they seem to hold
fine detail about equally well.
Sleep? Isn't that a totally inadequate substitute for caffine?
The butternut which grows up here on the northern edge of its range is a lot
different than the pieces I've seen from supply places. Closer to walnut,
surely, than the more rapidly grown stuff from down south. Some of that is
a soft as willow - I've suspected more than once that it was, but the burn
test said no.
I envy you the claro walnut. It's Juglans hindsii and black walnut is Juglans
nigra. Bth are American walnuts, but the claro is found only in small areas in
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of
Actually, the walnut that I have is from AR, so is not "claro". I am
positive that I've heard claro referred to as "California Black Walnut", and
the first link below tends to bear that out.
Also, one of the common names for "Juglans hindsii" is "Hinds Black Walnut"
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