So I've got access to a big old black walnut tree that recently fell down. My dad wants to cut a fireplace mantle from it, but there's a lot of tree left after that. I'm told that the wood is quite dense, dark, and figured. It's a tree that grew on our land, so there is of course sentimental value to it as well. Naturally, I want to make at least a snare from from it. Anyone have any experience going from raw tree to finished drum? I think we need to get the process started fairly soon. Would you go stave or solid shell if you had the option?