Most recently, I had discovered what was commonly known as the World Wide Web, courtesy of Google, and I couldn’t seem to get enough of it. All I had to do was type “wood for furniture making” into my computer and up would come hundreds of certified wood slab purveyors from Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica, not to mention California and Oregon, home to the highly-figured and sought-after “Claro” Walnut species. Oh my God. I was a kid in a candy store with eyes the size of saucers. Huge, luscious whole slabs of wood, not just boards that must be glued together, had now entered my stratospheric curiosity. I could hardly sleep at night.
California "Claro" walnut.