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I've been asked to make a night stand of black walnut.I'm in the ozarks and we have walnut .Is there a real difference between American and black walnut?I normally take logs to the sawmill and I know what I have,but,I was given a walnut log and don't know which walnut it is.If I try to buy black walnut ,how do I know that's what I'm getting?
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Another guy from the Ozarks. I have no clue to what your asking but someone will be along shortly.

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Pictures of the log would be helpful.

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American and black walnut are the same tree, juglans nigra. Unless the log came from a walnut orchard, you have a black walnut log.

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American and black walnut are the same tree, juglans nigra.
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In most walnut orchards the reg walnut trees are grafted onto Black Walnut rootstock!I dont know if the grafted on part is called American walnut or what.
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Being from California, you do have a different type of walnut than the Black Walnut found in the rest of the country, at least partially.
What you have out there is called Claro walnut, and it's black walnut rootstock with English walnut grafted on to actually produce the walnuts.
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Another guy from the Ozarks...
These hills are full of 'em...

What part of the Ozarks, Rick?

There's a 99% chance you have Black Walnut in your hands...

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The log was too small to do much with ,sawmills won't take any thing under 7'6".This really since I get a lot of stuff that's shorter but otherwise good stuff. Big Dave,I also have no clue what I'm asking,but I knew someone here would be able to tell me. Terry,I'm in reynolds county on the upper part of the black river(eastern part of ozarks).
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The log was too small to do much with ,sawmills won't take any thing under 7'6".
That's a bummer, I would keep looking for a guy with a sawmill (bet you are surrounded and may not even know). I have a mill and cut shorties all the time, I was milling small walnut yesterday and have more to do today.
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