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Wood Species 101: The Beauty of Black Walnut

One of our most popular wood species, Black Walnut may also be one of the most beautiful. It grows domestically, throughout the Eastern United States, and it's treasured for rich chocolate brown tones. It's also food-safe when combined with a food-safe wood finish, so it's a wonderful choice for cutting boards and countertops. You can use it for exterior applications because it has excellent durability. And our expert craftsmen love it because it's easy to work with. Here's what you need to know about one of our best selling wood species. 

 walnut front door with crescent shaped glass on blue house

Why you’ll love Black Walnut 

  • Renowned for its beautiful rich brown color, straight grain pattern, and durability.
  • Excellent dimensional stability and strength means it won’t majorly shrink and expand. 
  • Some planks feature beautiful “blonde” streaks for a unique look. Sometimes this wood species also has knots. 

rustic walnut closeup with clear wood finish applied

Design Suggestions 

  • Black Walnut adds instant luxury to any home without feeling “flashy.” Instead, it comes off elegant and timeless and projects quiet confidence.
  • We recommend finishing with a Clear finish to show off this wood’s rare, sought-after color. It's hard to find a domestic wood species with such rich coloring. 
  • Black Walnut is beautiful for Butcher Block Countertops
  • Walnut is great if your home is: Traditional, Rustic, Contemporary, or Minimalist. It can seamlessly fit in a variety of aesthetics. Our entry doors are all available in Black Walnut. 

closeup of walnut countertop

Technical Data 

  • Species name: Juglans nigra 
  • Excellent durability, but may be susceptible to insect attack in some regions. It's important to maintain your wood finish on exterior walnut doors. Walnut can also fade, so we recommend always adding an overhang above your door to shield it from direct sunlight.  
  • Janka hardness:1,010 lbf 
  • Shrinkage:Radial 5.5%, Tangential 7.8%, Volumetric 12.8

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