Walnut: as intricate as an opium dream

Mottles and Motes, sunburst and fiddleback

“Walnut is without the question the most beautiful wood on earth, ranging from the colour of honey to the rich depth of chocolate-brown, often marked with smoky swirls and streaks of pigment from dark brown to black. The grain can be perfectly straight, elegantly swept, or a festival of waves, curls, mottles and motes, sunburst and fiddleback, as intricate as an opium dream.”

McIntosh 1995.

I have this rare piece of walnut veneer sourced from the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan.  It illustrates perfectly the beautiful figure of walnut wood, and the wonderful quote above.

Gabriel Hemery


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