The distribution of Black Walnut ranges from Vermont to the Great Plains and southward into Louisiana and Texas. The heartwood varies from light to dark brown: the sapwood is nearly white and can be up to three inches wide. It is heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with a relative hardness of 1010.
Walnut is straight grained and easily worked with hand tools and by machine. It glues and holds fasteners well. It finishes and polishes beautifully, being very well suited for natural finishes.
Because Walnut has such an interesting grain pattern, it is highly valued for furniture, architectural millwork, gunstocks, and interior woodwork.
We saw locally harvested Black Walnut in our mill and dry it in our vacuum kiln. We often have heavy, live-edged walnut slabs in stock. They are well-suited to bar tops, desktops, benches, and mantles.
A Note on Grade: We, at Goosebay, have seen a decline in the quality of the Walnut lumber graded as “FAS.” Our suppliers take the best of the FAS lumber and grade it as “PREMIUM” and sell that lumber at a higher price. In order to offer our customers the best quality Walnut we can source, we have elected to purchase in only Premium grade in the thicknesses up to 8/4 (Premium is not a grade currently used for 12/4 and 16/4 Walnut.) As a result we have had to raise our Walnut prices.