Here's a set of commissioned cups constructed out of Claro Walnut with a couple coats of sanding finish (shellac) for that nice flat matte look. Like always...these are much nicer in person. That should be a disclaimer at the top of the blog. :-)
A funny thing about Claro Walnut is that it typically is very water logged (green). I actually get sprayed in the face with a watery wood slurry as I shave it. Wet wood turns really nicely with less effort than dry/brittle/hard wood, but it's not "stable."
What I have to do is turn it to a roughed form and let it sit for a day or two to allow for it to dry. As it dries it tends to warp and check. Then I need to re-chuck it and smooth the warping and scrape off any checking in the wood. I like the finished product but it takes patience, which I don't have a whole lot of some days. Word.
Sorry the two end pics have a totally different white balance setting.