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I am a 60 something hobby woodworker, having been introduced to the joys of wood crafting in high school. In grade 11, I made a coffee table for my parents' home from walnut lumber, making the butt joints to join the boards and planing the pieces flat and to thickness all by hand. I remember the lumber having been referred to as "Satin Walnut". In the early years of my first marriage I made a bookcase bed, night stand and chest of drawers, mostly by hand, by this time I was able to purchase a power plane to make the panels, a labour saver to be sure.
About 10 years ago I wanted to build a hallway table from "Satin Walnut" only to be told that the lumber was no longer available because walnut was an endangered species. I was able to purcase a substitute called 'Gumwood" and the project went ahead.
In the October/November issue, there is a weekend project to build a Walnut coffee table, the wood pictured is the colour of the "Satin Walnut" I remember from the sixties. Any "Walnut" supplied to us here in Canada is black in colour, "Black Walnut".
Can anyone tell me if Satin Walnut and Walnut is the same wood and if so, where to buy it in Canada.
Satin Walnut is one of the names used for the heartwood of the Sweet Gum and related gum trees and is still readily available in both lumber and veneers.
Hearne Lumber of Pennsylvania sell Satin Walnut and ship internationally. Here's a link to their Satin Walnut webpage:
( http://www.hearnehardwoods.com/hardwoods/exotic_hardwoods/domestic_wood/satin_walnut_lumber/satin_walnut_wood.html )