Two Different Trees Come Together to Create Something New and Beautiful.
The French/English walnut produces a beautiful, canopied tree with excellent nuts, but it does not thrive in California
Wedded Wood™ results from the marriage (aka grafting) of two types of trees, to achieve something neither could be on their own. Items made from Wedded Wood™ are the perfect gift for new couples as the wood demonstrates the best aspects of a good union: expanded purpose, strength and great beauty.
These serving boards are designed for cheeses or sushi and range from 12 - 16 inches in length
This "landscape" is simply a slice at the graft line, with the primary work performed being to finish the wood to preserve and protect it. In it, the Claro walnut forms the "agricultural fields" the European Walnut's heartwood form the mountains and the European Walnut's sapwood forms the sky, with small knots becoming the setting sun.
Bowls and trays are frequent products from Wedded WoodkTM. These are intended to be used regularly, but designed so that they are stored in a conspicuous place to provide a daily reminder of the symbolism represented by this unique and beautiful wood.
Wedded by the graft, they create a single tree.
The Claro anchoring to the soil, protecting the European canopy.
Together, in union, the new tree thrives.
The genetically separate individuals merge at the graft line, where the resulting wood demonstrates the complexity of their bond in beautiful colors and patterns. Part of the visual beauty comes from the annual growth rings from each of the two parts as they line up each year, even though each part of the tree may be growing at different rates. This bond is often the hardest wood in the tree.
The Claro Walnut, a California native, is a rugged survivor, suited to California's soils and climate, but it produces a very hard, undesirable nut
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