American Walnut

american-walnut-solid-and-engineered-custom-wide-plank-flooringAmerican Walnut (Juglans Nigra) – May reach 80′ in height with a trunk of 40” diameter. The tree grows rapidly when young, but slows down with age and develops with a number of massive branches spaced along its trunk, which explains the natural characteristic of large knots. Compared to other hardwoods, Walnut does not grow very straight. The lumber planks are limited in size, on average, to 2’ – 12’ long and 3” – 10”.

Distribution: Appalachian Eastern U.S.A. and Ontario Canada

General Characteristics: The heartwood is a rich dark brown to purplish-black. The sapwood is nearly white to tan; steaming the lumber before kiln drying helps to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood. The texture is coarse, the pores are similar to Hickories.

Hardness/Janka: Janka: 1010; (22% softer than Northern Red Oak).

Grain: The grain is mostly open and usually straight, but with occasional wavy or curly grain. There is the presence of “saddleback” with planks that came from the crotch of the tree.

Variations Within Species and Grades: Great variety of color and figure within species, as well as variation in color among boards, especially in wide (7”+) planks. The anatomy of your floor is a unique as your own DNA.

Customized Species and Grades: Infinite possibilities available to achieve a look as unique as you. Beautiful with a natural finish reported to develop a lustrous patina after many years in use.