Custom Walnut Screens from Hudson Furniture
Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 09/14/2013 3:22PM
click image to zoom Custom walnut screens at Barlas Baylar's Hudson Furniture are fabricated from slabs with the tree's natural profile, the panels joined with saddle leather hinges. Featured in the Wall St. Journal, and at Pinterest, the screen shown here is 8 feet high by 15 feet wide, but can be custom sized.
New Yorker Barlas Baylar is known for minimalist furniture integrating natural elements with modern aesthetics. His Hudson Furniture showrooms displays his chandeliers, tables, bed frames and their headboards in metal, wood, glass, and stone
He works with urban wood and other expiring trees using solid slabs for chairs and benches.
Barlas Baylar, founder of Hudson Furniture. Twenty-four craftsmen help realize Baylar’s visions, each piece unique. Baylars background includes production design and machinery manufacturing. Baylar says he established Hudson Furniture to incorporate antique, all-natural materials, modernized with industrial details. Surfaces are sanded and also hand-burnished with broken glass to reveal the grain beneath.
click image to zoom Lumber is miled from arbor salvaged from wind and storm damage domestically sourced, with favorite species such as claro walnut, black walnut, myrtle, jasmine, acacia, satinwood, and ebonized pine.Baylar also notes, his Hudson Furniture Inc. is New York City’s sole repository for legally harvested petrified wood, which he uses in some projects.
Claro walnut is described in Wikipedia:
Juglans hindsii, the Hinds' black walnut, also called the Northern California walnut, is a large tree (up to 60 feet tall) endemic to roughly circular area in California centered near Fresno and reaching the San Francisco Bay area. Some authorities (i.e. California Native Plant Society) describe this species as the subspecies hindsii of the Southern California black walnut, J. californica S. Watson.
J. hindsii, generally found in the northern half of the state, is a large tree, 30 to 60 feet high, with a single erect trunk commonly without branches for 10-40 feet and a crown which can be wider than the tree is tall. Specimens commonly reach five to six feet in diameter near the base of the tree. The leaf is approximately 1 ft long, with 13-21 two to five-in leaflets with dentate margins. Unlike the Southern California walnut, the vein angles bear tufts of hair. The nut has a smooth, brown, thick shell containing a small edible nutmeat.
J. hindsii is endangered, with possibly only a few native stands remaining. It grows in riparian woodlands, either in single species stands or mixed with California's oaks (Quercus) and cottonwoods (Populus). J. hindsii is commercially important as a rootstock for English walnut (Juglans regia) orchards all over the world, both on its own and as a parent to the fast-growing Luther Burbank hybrid, commonly called "Paradox"J. hindsii x J. regia . J. hindsii is cultivated as an ornamental tree wherever it will grow in California, and in Hawaii.
The wood of J. hindsii is commonly called claro walnut by the lumber industry and woodworkers. It is highly figured with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, especially in the crotch areas, where large limbs meet the trunk. It is used in small quantities to make fine furniture and gun stocks, and sold as slabs to make large natural-top tables because of its durability, good working properties and swirling, iridescent figure.
Some confusion exists about the nature of claro walnut because J. hindsii is commonly used as the rootstock of orchard trees. The section below the original graft is claro walnut wood, while the section above is the lighter-colored English walnut. Some woodworkers have even taken advantage of this by making the change in color of the wood a feature of their work.
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