Latin Name: Juglans nigra
Family: Juglandaceae - the Walnut family
Other Common Name(s): American Black Walnut, American Walnut, Black Walnut, Gunwood, Eastern Black Walnut, Premium Black Walnut, Premium Walnut, Tocte
Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior Use Only
Cabinets, Carving, Furniture, Flooring, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Shipbuilding, Turnings
Walnut grows throughout most of the eastern half of the United States. The tree prefers moist, well drained soils, particularly along streams, and is usually found scattered in mixed forests.
General Description: The sapwood is whitish to a yellowish-brown. The heartwood varies from a pale brown to a chocolate brown in color, and can even have a purple tint. It is common of the wood to be steamed during the kiln drying process, this darkens the sapwood to make it more of a uniform color with the heartwood. The grain is slightly open, but usually straight, with a semi-coarse but uniform texture.
Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):
Weight (lbs/BF): 3.35
Specific Gravity: 0.52-0.59
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 9,100-14,800
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 1,480-1,790
Side Hardness (lbs): 1010
While heartwood is preferred by most users, NHLA grading rules do not consider sapwood a defect.
4/4 Sel & Btr - Quartered / Rift
4/4 #1 Com
5/4 Sel & Btr - Quartered / Rift
5/4 #1 Com
6/4 Sel & Btr - Quartered / Rift
6/4 #1 Com
8/4 Sel & Btr - Quartered / Rift
8/4 #1 Com