Black Walnut Altar Tray

These gorgeous trays are handcrafted in Ontario, Canada from solid black walnut sourced from northern Ontario. The inside of each corner is rounded and sanded smooth.

These trays are 6.5 X 6.5 inches in size, and perfect for use on altars. They also work well to place offerings on, to charge crystals on, or to display occult goods.

This item ships directly from our store in Newmarket, Ontario. Please note that the grain & colour of the wood will vary slightly, as each tray is handmade by Hook & Stem, the talented crafters we sourced these from. You may not necessarily receive the tray in the picture.

Black walnut (Juglans nigra) is an extremely sturdy tree with beautiful wood that grows from Ontario down to Florida, and as far west as South Dakota and Texas. Black walnut is highly prized for its dark-colored, straight grained, true heartwood. It is heavy, strong, and shock resistant, yet can be easily split and worked, making it one of the most durable North American hardwoods. It is especially attractive for woodworking because it can be kiln dried and holds its shape after seasoning. Black walnut wood has historically been used for everything from furniture and flooring to caskets and gun stocks.

Black walnut is a pioneer species -- meaning a type of hardy, easy-growing species that is the first to sprout from disrupted or damaged ecosystems. This makes it a common "weed tree" along roads and fencerows. It tends to grow alongside American beech, basswood, black cherry, various hickories and oaks, sugar maple, white ash, and yellow-poplar. They can grow as much as 40 meters high and live for well over a century. They exhibit a very long, strong taproot that, combined with the strength of the wood, helps this tree stand up to all kinds of weather. Their nuts are eaten by squirrels and birds, and their leaves are eaten (though not preferred) by white-tailed deer. Sometimes they are grown as part of reclaiming mines. Walnuts are also especially known for their allelopathy, poisoning their competition with the natural herbicide juglone excreted from the roots. Juglone also appears in the fruit husks to aid in the sprouting of the seed inside by poisoning competing plants around it. There are few plants that can grow under a walnut tree.

Black walnuts are a very popular nutmeat in the United States, where they're used in bakery goods, confections, and other sweets. They are traditionally used in cakes, cookies, fudge, and pies and considered a staple of fall baking. The extraction of the kernel from the fruit of the black walnut is difficult. The thick, hard shell is tightly bound by tall ridges to a thick husk.

Said fruit husks contain juglone, plumbagin, and tannin, creating a yellowish brown-black dye that stains organic materials, including skin, hair, cotton, and wood.

Possible correspondences: baked goods, Canada native, competition, dye, leadership, hard-earned reward, inner sweetness, stain, strength, toxicity to competition, United States native.