|Some of the crazy stuff auto manufactures do. Story and image found HERE
Five years can go by without seeing a Black Walnut log on a logging truck in this part of Michigan. Now they are everywhere.
Driving about the countryside I see Black Walnut logs stacked up beside the roads. Many of them are short knotty and crooked. They are not going to get very big pieces of lumber out of those. Quite the mystery of why anybody would harvest those.
Many other logs are coming out of fence rows between fields. Sawmills HATE those logs. They often have staples, nails, fence wire and tree-stand pegs buried in them.
Obviously, somebody has a massive contract to harvest Black Walnut.
Contracts and content
Automotive companies often offer leather upholstery as an upscale option.
It is pretty normal to jazz up the sales appeal a design that is getting long-in-the-tooth by offering those kinds of options.
|The first Toyota Camrys were not highly appointed cars. Reliable: Yes. Luxurious: No.
In fact, it is simpler than that. The executives are being prudent businessmen. They are following the money. There is a butt-load more profit in a $47,000 Camry than there is in a $20,000 Camry.
In the case of leather seats, the corporate go-ahead occurs 24 months before the first leather-seated vehicle hits the showroom floor. Requests-for-quote are release the next day.
Hides for cattle that are not yet born.
A typical "beeve" is 18-to-20 months old. The first vehicle hits the dealership in 24 months. The production run will be for a couple of years....ending 48 months in the future.
Back to Black Walnut
Somebody has a burning need for an incredible amount of Black Walnut lumber and they are not very fussy about the size of the pieces.
|Lots of applications for small pieces of lumber here. A factoid from the furniture trade: Teak and other top end hardwoods are bleached and then stained to achieve color match. Image from HERE
My guess is that in a year or two one of the automakers will come out with "real walnut trim" as an RPO on a line of high volume vehicles. Either that or somebody found an anti-cancer drug in the heartwood of Black Walnut.
My hope is that any Black Walnut accents is complemented with "blued steel" trim. But that is just me.