American Walnut

American Walnut (Juglans Nigra) – May reach 80′ in height with a trunk of 40” in diameter. The tree grows rapidly when young but slows down with age and develops with a number of massive branches spaced along its trunk, which explains the natural characteristic of large knots. Compared to other hardwoods, Walnut does not grow very straight. Thus the lumber planks are limited in size, on average, to 2’ – 12’ long and 3” – 10”. However, this does not negate the beauty of a slightly narrower, 7” – 10” wide plank hardwood floor.

Distribution: Appalachian Eastern U.S.A. and Ontario, Canada.

General Characteristics: The heartwood is a rich dark brown to purplish-black. The sapwood is nearly white to tan; steaming the lumber before kiln drying helps to bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood. The texture is coarse, the pores are similar to Hickories.

Hardness/Janka: Janka: 1010; (22% softer than Northern Red Oak).

Grain: The grain is mostly open and usually straight, but with occasional wavy or curly grain. There is the presence of “saddle back” with the wide planks that came from the crotch of the tree.

Variations Within Species And Grades: Great variety of color and figure within species, as well as variation in color among boards, especially in wide (7”+) planks. The anatomy of your floor is a unique as your own DNA.

Customized Species & Grades: Infinite possibilities available to achieve a look as unique as you. Beautiful with a natural finish reported to develop a lustrous patina after many years in use.

Juglans Nigra: Polishes to a high finish. European techniques and oils can blur the differentiation between centuries old chateau planks to your newly minted American Black Walnut. Especially lovely when treasured for its natural beauty marks. Available in solid or engineered planks.

Distinctions: A wide plank hardwood floor that has been hand scraped/distressed, wire brushed, patterns, pegging, smooth sanding, bleaching and French bleed, is like no other. Stains and polishes to a good finish. Machined edges 2 sides or 4 with bevel, radius or square edge. Distinguished by broken, pillowed, or Cajun corners with worm holes.  Customized wear patterns are achieved by first assembling the floor off site, with a team crawling all over the floor planks hand hewing a million little wear patterns, each depth, width, and length has the individual woodworkers pressure, as would an antique foot worn floor.