Exotic Hardwood - Peruvian Walnut


Peruvian Walnut


  • Select & Better: 4/4

Janka Hardness

  • 1080 lbf (pounds force)

Basic Specific Gravity (oven dry weight/ green volume)

  • .50


  • Peru, Mexico, and Argentina.


  • The heartwood is a chocolate brown color, generally darker than American Black Walnut, and┬ásometimes ┬áhave a purplish hue or silver streaks mixed in. The sapwood is a distinguishable white color. Peruvian Walnut can have a coarse texture with medium-sized pores. Grain in mostly straight, with some boards occasionally being wavy.

How well does it work?

  • Works well with hand or machine tools. Planer tear-out may occur on boards with irregular grain. Nails and screws well and can be polished to a very good finish.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Peruvian Walnut is moderately durable in terms of decay resistance. Sapwood is liable to attack by the powder post beetle and the common furniture beetle.

Other notes on Peruvian Walnut

  • Can also be referred to as Nogal, which is the Spanish word for Walnut. Other names Peruvian Walnut goes by are Tropical Walnut and South American Walnut. Peruvian, European, and American Walnut come from the Juglandacea family and the Juglans genus.


  • Though not officially reported, Peruvian Walnut can be a sensitizer based on the information known on American, European, and other species in the Juglans genus. Common reactions are eye and skin irritation.

Common Uses

  • Furniture, cabinetry, veneers, flooring, musical instruments, and as a substitute for American Walnut.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.