Moulding Newsletter August 2010

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  • July 9, 2015

The Comeback Of Walnut

Throughout the years, wood trends have developed, creating cycles moving in and out between light and dark colors. Due to trends back to darker style woods in the household, over the last several years, there has been an ongoing increase in demand for walnut wood. Furniture and cabinetry designers, across the board, have shown a rise in demand for walnut, which in turn has a direct impact on the world of moulding (both architectural and picture frame). Walnut is rich in color, and exceptionally stable, which makes for well-crafted home interior products – according to popular statistics, these products seem to “really be moving”. Black walnut (Juglans nigra) primarily grows in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. The trees reach heights up to 100′ with diameters of 3′ to 4′. The sapwood is nearly white, while the heartwood is brown to chocolate brown.

With dimensions 1-1/2 x 1/2, this widely used profile is found on page 18 of our catalog. According to Catherine at Don Francis Conservation Framing, a quality finish involves sanding and patience…also allowing time for things to dry inbetween coats is key. This particular frame shop located in Venice, CA has recently switched to a number of water-based finishes to be more environmentally friendly. We wanted to pass on some of their suggestions for types of finishes to use with walnut that will accentuate the beauty of the grain, while going “green”: generally speaking, water-based paints are available everywhere you look, and Minwax products are easy to use and fast-drying. Minwax water-based wood stains are offered in a wide variety of different wood tones and decorative colors. Sometimes Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish (also water-based), a crystal clear, protective top coat is all a walnut frame needs – let the natural color speak for itself!

Order Online & Save Time… Most of our customers call in to place their orders, and have more than likely had the experience of having to call back repeatedly, while our phone line seems to bark back with a never-ending busy signal. Yes, there is rarely a dull moment here at the Foster Mill, and one advantage of building our website was to have a user-friendly online order form. Some of you have caught on and used it (and it appears you will never go back to calling in your orders), while others still don’t know it exists or are hesitant to give it a try. We would like to encourage everyone to use the online order form at least once, so you know where to find it and how it works (just in case our famous busy signal doesn’t seem to resonate well with you one day), and you will now have an alternative way to place your order. Simply go to http://www.fosterplaningmill.com/ click on the menu tab on the left that says Order Form, fill it in, hit “Submit” at the bottom, and voila! We will call to collect payment if you don’t have an open account or a credit card on file with us. If you would like to continue calling and faxing, and don’t care for online ordering, that’s just fine with us too
Our mailing address is:

Foster Planing Mill
1258 W. 58th St. Los Angeles, CA 90037

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