American Walnut Slab
The name Black Walnut, also known as American walnut is one of the highest grade North American lumber species. Along with Mahogany and Cherry, walnut set the standard for early American furniture. When trying to imagine what a walnut slab looks like, it could be simply said by “A 2 inch – 3 inch piece of walnut tree that is approximately 2 meters in length which has been properly reworked on all sides and edges which, with a bit of polish would make a one of a kind dinner table or office desk”.
About the Walnut tree
The walnut tree is a hearty, shade tolerant specie that can grow to be quite large both in width and in height. This is also the reason that Seeland Wood has decided to offer Black Walnut slabs which could also be used to create one of the finer tea/coffee tables, table tops and they are also commonly used as headboards or bedframes. Some even take it a step further and use the slabs to create custom plating for on the dining table.
Although the Black walnut specie might not be as suitable for planting in your modest back yard, (due to poison which the walnut tree releases against potential competitors for resources known as Juglone harmful to some plants and horses) it is commonly found in large parks and forests where there is plenty of space and sunlight to ensure a healthy growing walnut tree.
One of many possible outcomes
As a lumber processor, walnuts are superior to many other species. The trunks grow straight, clear and yield a high percentage of FAS lumber. The texture of walnut lumber is peaceful, the grain can usually be worked from either direction and it takes a rich finish.
Most walnut lumber is steamed right after it is sawn. This darkens the sapwood by pulling the browns from the heartwood, basically homogenizing the color of the board. We do not all steam of our black walnut, which then leaves all of the beautiful browns, golds and purples to tell their stories. Talking about colors it would be important to know that no Black Walnut slab is the same and may therefore range in color from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate color in the heartwood.
When kiln-dried, walnut wood tends toward a dull brown color, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its color, hardness and grain, it is prized furniture and carving wood.