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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