Walnut’s grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl, crotch, and burl are also seen. Walnut is many times appreciated in a natural finish, however, it does accept stain beautifully.
Lumber from Walnut trees isn’t always cut into small boards. In some cases, large lengthwise cross-sections of the tree are used as “live edge” slabs. Other wood species are available as live edge, however, Walnut is selected for its uninterrupted grain pattern and unique, natural shape. The Amish Home Gallery offers several live edge furniture pieces. These stunning creations must be seen to appreciate!