Black Walnut is one of the finest North American species, and the upper Midwest is an epicenter for some of the highest quality Black Walnut in the US. The Black Walnut tree is a hearty and shade tolerant species that can grow to be quite large both in width and in height. The texture of Black Walnut lumber is peaceful, the grain can usually be worked from either direction and it takes a rich finish. It is prized for its dark colored heartwood. It is heavy and strong, yet easily split and worked. Typical uses include fine furniture, cabinetry, gun-stock, paddles, instrument making, wood turning and carving, boat building, veneer and flooring.
The above photo of the wood’s grain was taken from our inventory of slab wood and is just one example of what the species may look like. Color of photos will vary depending on weather conditions on the given day photo was taken.