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black walnut
Origin of Wood Type:
North America, most of our stock comes from North East USA
Botanical Name:
Juglans nigra
Specific Gravity:
.64
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
3.50
Color Range:
Dark Brown
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Readily Available in normal widths, figured and wide slabs can be very rare!
Typical Avg. Width:
4" to 24", can be found up to 36" inches wide fairly easily and rarely found up to 67" inches wide!
Typical Avg. Length:
8' to 16' feet
Avg. Waste Factor (?):
30%

Wood Uses:

Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Veneer, Flooring and many other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Quarter-Sawn, Quarter-Sawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer, Premium / Clear

Other Trade Names:

American Walnut, Eastern Walnut, Pennsylvania Walnut, Virginia Walnut

Description:

Black Walnut, also known as American Walnut, and walnut is one of the finest North American lumber species. Along with mahogany and cherry, walnut set the standard for early American furniture. The walnut tree is hearty, shade tolerant specie that can grow to be quite large both in width and in height. Because it is one of the last trees to leaf and one of the first to drop its leaves Black Walnuts are not great lawn trees. They also give off an acidic residue that kills surrounding acid sensitive plants. But as a lumber producer, walnuts are superior to many other species. The trunks grow straight and clear and yield a high percentage of fas lumber. The texture of walnut lumber is peaceful, the grain can usually be worked from either direction and it takes a rich finish. Due to over harvesting the availability of high quality walnut has diminished and the grading standards are more relaxed for this specie. A fas board only has to be about 67% clear of defects while most species need to be 84% usable.
Most walnut lumber is steamed right after it is sawn. This darkens the sapwood by pulling the browns from the heartwood, basically homogenizing the color of the board. We do not steam our black walnut, leaving all of the beautiful browns, golds and purples to tell their stories.
*Treasured for both veneer and lumber
*Hearty specie
*Oxidizes to a lighter color
*Peaceful grain

Note: All pictures of boards that appear wet, have been wiped with denature alcohol to help show natural color. We use denature alcohol because it evaporates and does not effect the moisture content of the wood. Also, please keep in mind that the pictures below are only examples of the wood and not actual products available for sale.

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