A few years ago, Darwin and I traveled out to LA. He went to see his family and as for me, well I just tagged along. While we were out there he made friends with a group of architects, Starr Design, who keep surfboards and wetsuits in their hallway. Darwin knew he had stumbled across a gold mine. We’ve kept in touch with them throughout the years and recently, after one of Darwin’s notorious mail-chimps went out, they responded with the need for a walnut counter-top.
Boy were they ever in luck. We had hit the jackpot this summer when it came to Walnut. We were quite literally up to our ears in slabs. They were air dried and then stuck in the kiln to, as the locals say “get some heat on them.” About the end of December, they came out and we were little kid excited to get them tallied, photographed and inventoried. Last number I remember was right around 80 slabs, give or take.
The inventory was scoured to find the perfect slab to send out to California. After a few e-mails back and forth, this one was decided upon.
Now it may look a little rough, and that’s because it is, but the transformation is quite amazing.
The never ending sanding began. First with some (read: A LOT) of full body momentum sanding. Gradually less oomph was needed in the sanding process and I found myself quite in sync with the orbital sander.
Things were beginning to take shape. After a little epoxy and some more sanding. We finally began the finishing. It took a few coats, fine it took 6, to get to this point, but it is beautiful and we can’t wait to get it shipped across the US.