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Old 04-27-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Can anyone really explain the differences between English, and French, Claro, Turkish, Bastanlongne (ya I butchered that one) walnuts?

I've heard American and Claro are darker and English and French are the same thing-- google is no help.

I just want something that is light colored with long dark lines. No fancy figure, just a basic classy look. I'm thinking this may be of an English walnut look? I think? Kinda maybe? Anyone know? Texaswoodworker, you out there? Any thoughts? Anyone?

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i think it has to do with being different species of walnut. there for they have different grain and coloring. another aspect as to cost might be where it is imported from. walnut is the one of the more common woods used to make gunstocks and even the cheaper versions still look good when finished.

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Here ya go.

http://www.thinwood.com/home/species-walnut

Have an old time gunsmith/riflemaker at my range. He has a small grove of black walnut trees growing on his property. Yep- he is raising rifle stocks. That is taking the long range view of things!

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Can anyone really explain the differences between English, and French, Claro, Turkish, Bastanlongne (ya I butchered that one) walnuts?

I've heard American and Claro are darker and English and French are the same thing-- google is no help.

I just want something that is light colored with long dark lines. No fancy figure, just a basic classy look. I'm thinking this may be of an English walnut look? I think? Kinda maybe? Anyone know? Texaswoodworker, you out there? Any thoughts? Anyone?
The difference is usually the color, grain pattern, density, ect.

Here is what they generally look like.

English Walnut



French Walnut



Claro Walnut



Turkish Walnut



Bastogne walnut




Hope that helps. Remember, those are just some examples I found. Wood can vary greatly, even within the same tree.
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The difference is usually the color, grain pattern, density, ect.

Here is what they generally look like.

English Walnut

French Walnut

Claro Walnut

Turkish Walnut

Bastogne walnut

Hope that helps. Remember, those are just some examples I found. Wood can vary greatly, even within the same tree.
Very cool. Exactly what I was looking for. I like the fancy Turkish stuff, but it looks like the French is what I've been looking for. Thanks guys.
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You forgot Black Walnut.

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You forgot Black Walnut.
Technically, Claro Walnut is Black Walnut. Generally, Black walnut that grows in Northern California is called Claro Walnut. I don't know why though.

This is (highly figured) American Black Walnut

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Very cool. Exactly what I was looking for. I like the fancy Turkish stuff, but it looks like the French is what I've been looking for. Thanks guys.
Just remember that wood can vary greatly. I would ask to see a picture of the stock before you buy it.

Here is some more French Walnut.





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Just remember that wood can vary greatly. I would ask to see a picture of the stock before you buy it.

Here is some more French Walnut.
Ha! That's awesome. The Kimber Caprivi was the one I've been trying to match.
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Ha! That's awesome. The Kimber Caprivi was the one I've been trying to match.
It looks pretty nice. Will it be going on a M70?
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