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Walnut - Juglans nigra

Walnut, or Black Walnut is a tough medium density hardwood from North America. It has a beautiful fine, yet open grain and a moderately course texture. Typically straight-grained it occassionally contains wavy or curly grains as well. It's colors range from creamy white sapwood to chocolate brown heartwood, often with a purplish cast, darker streaks or golden highlights. It accepts paint and stain for an exceptional finish. It dries slowly and care is needed to avoid kiln degrade but it has good dimensional stability. The wood develops a rich patina that grows more lustrous with age. Walnut has a Janka Hardness Rating of 1010. It is relatively expensive but as one of the most beautiful domestic hardwoods it is well worth the cost if you can find it in your budget.

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