The heartwood of Black Walnut ranges in color from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish
black. The sapwood is creamy white to tan. The grain is mostly straight and open, but some boards have burled or curly grain. There is a great variety in color within species, as well as variation in color among boards, especially in lower grades.
America - native to the eastern United States, from southern Minnesota east to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and south to the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. It is also grown in Texas and north through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
American Walnut, Burbank Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Eastern Walnut, Gun Wood, North American Walnut, Virginia Walnut, American Black Walnut
Canadian Walnut, Black Hickory Nut, Canaletto, Nogal, and Tocte.
1010 - 22% softer than Northern Red Oak
Excellent - Change Coefficient .00274 - 26% more stable than Northern Red Oak.
available with regional limitations - 1.9 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
The roots of the walnut tree release a toxic material which may kill other plants growing above them. Walnut is one of the few American species planted as well as naturally regenerated.
From the time of ancient Greeks until well
into modern European history, walnuts symbolized fertility and were strewn at weddings. Just the opposite, in Romania, brides who wished to delay childbearing placed into the bodice of their wedding dresses one walnut for each year they hoped to wait.
The heartwood of Black Walnut ranges in color from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish black. The sapwood is creamy white to tan. The grain is mostly
straight and open, but some boards have burled or curly grain. There is a great variety in color within species, as well as variation in color among boards, especially in lower grades.
American Black Walnut exhibits a medium high degree of color change with the dark brown heartwood lightening over time to a more golden brown with the muting of the color variation found when freshly milled.
Black Walnut wood is used in wood flooring, veneer, fine furniture making, gunstocks, tool handles interior paneling, turnery and specialty products.
American Black Walnut is one of the most desired hardwoods of North
America. Although the wood is rated as rather soft , it is considerably tough durable and provides excellent dimensional stability.
Black Walnut is easy to work with and has excellent machining qualities. There are no known problems with nailing or sanding. This wood has a naturally beautiful, highly desirable color, and requires no stain. It finishes nicely.