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Figured Walnut
Figured Walnut

Figured Walnut


Janka Hardness

Specific Gravity

  • .51 (green), .55 (dry)


  • Eastern United States.


  • Heartwood is a rich dark brown to purplish-black, with the sapwood being nearly white in color. Walnut is straight grained, stiff, and has a good shock resistance. Walnut is commonly sold steamed, where the heartwood is blended with the sapwood , producing at times lighter and varying shades of brown on the boards.

How well does it work?

  • Works well with hand and machine tools. Walnut holds nails and screws well, and has a great finish. Walnut also paints, stains, glues, and polishes well.

Seasoning and Durability

  • The heartwood of walnut is very durable to decay, but the sapwood is liable to attack by the powder post beetle.

Notes on Grade

  • Butternut and Walnut are more lenient in grade than other North American hardwoods, thus there will be a higher waste factor when working with the lumber.


  • Walnut has been reported as a sensitizer, but severe reactions are quite uncommon. Common reactions are eye and skin irritation.

Common Uses for Figured Walnut

  • Musical instruments, fine furniture, and decorative veneer.
  • * 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.


  • Gorham, ME
  • 9 Laurence Drive
  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Telephone: 1-207-887-2070
  • Stoughton, MA
  • Corner of Central St. and Evans Dr.
  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Telephone: 1-781-341-9255
  • Milford, CT
  • 145 Furniture Row
  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Telephone: 1-203-878-9663