When I was a kid, every Christmas my Mom would get out this bowl she had and fill it with mixed nuts (in their shells). I don't remember whom she got the bowl from, but someone in the family must have made. I remember it was made out of Cherry. Anyway, my son gave me a nice chunk of Black Walnut for Christmas. I was looking at it the other day and thought of that old bowl. I decided to try to make one. This be it. I also make a little mallet to go with it to crack the nuts with. I put Oak inserts on the ends of the mallet and on the pedestal in the bowl because the BW is pretty soft to be cracking nuts with.