Black Walnut Hardwood Flooring
General Description: Black walnut is attractive, tight-grained, and polishes to a very
smooth finish. It improves with age, finishing beautifully and stands as a decorative
hardwood which is widely used throughout the world.
Black walnut hardwood flooring is not recommended in high traffic areas, but is a
preference as a general building material due to its ease of use.
Color: Dark brown to purplish black. The color ranges from creamy white in
the sapwood to a dark chocolate color in the heartwood. When kiln-dried, walnut
hardwood tends toward a dull brown color, but when air-dried can become a rich
Grain: Noted for its beautiful grain, the wood is generally straight-grained,but
sometimes with waves or curls too. This species produces a greater variety of
figure types than any other. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more
lustrous with age.
Finishing: Finishes well with a natural finish.
Characteristics: Walnut is a tough hardwood of medium density, with moderate
bending and crushing strength and low stiffness. It has a good steam-bending
classification. Walnut has good dimensional stability.
Working Properties: Black walnut works easily with hand and machine tools,
and cuts, nails, screws and glues well. It stains very easily and dries slowly.
Main Uses: A favored wood for using in contrast with lighter-colored species.
Used in flooring, cabinets, carving, gunstocks, plywood, musical instruments,
architectural millwork, doors, paneling, and gun stocks. Large amounts are also
used for veneer. Walnut is a popular furniture wood around the world due to its
Did you know? Black walnut darkens with age, beautifully.