butternut wood


Butternut is one of North America’s most beautiful timbers. It is a golden brown member of the walnut family with a cathedral grain pattern that looks like waves breaking on a beach.   At one time it was considered “the poor man’s walnut”, butternut is now prized by many.

  • Once commonly found across the US, today it is blighting and can only be found in 10% of its former range
  • A very good carving wood because the grain can be carved from either direction
  • The color is much lighter than any other member of the walnut family

*** All walnut slabs and walnut lumber can only be sold kiln dried with the bark removed.  This applies to all members of the walnut family (Juglans) which include but are not limited to Black Walnut, Butternut, English Walnut, European Walnut, Claro Walnut and Persian Walnut

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Characteristics of Butternut

Origin of Wood Type Eastern North America (Canada & USA)
Botanical Name Juglans cinera
Specific Gravity 0.45
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.00 lb/ft
Color Range Blonde- Gold
Rarity / Availability Readily Available, however getting rarer (dying of disease)
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 12″, rarely up to 36″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 6′ to 12′, rarely up to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 30% to 50% & up
Wood Uses Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Boxes, Crates, Veneer, Wood Carving and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer, Premium, Wormy
Other Trade Names White Walnut, Golden Walnut
Butternut Lumber Pricing
Butternut Hardwood Flooring

Sample Pictures of Butternut

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.