Walnut, European (Juglans, regia)
Similiar Woods: Butternut, American Walnut, Paldao
Trade Names: French Walnut, European Walnut
Origin: Europe, Asia
Range: Central, Western and Southern Europe, cultiviated in Asia Minor, North Africa, North India and China. Most appreciated within Euopre is the French Walnut because of its exquisite color. Due to severe periods of frost in France in the last ten years a great many of the existing trees were damaged and thus are no longer suitable for the veneer industry. As a result, veneer production has fallen off greatly and good logs can only be obtained in isolated cases. Turkish, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Caucasian Walnut is available.
Uses: European Walnut Burls are being exported in Eastern Europe and are currently being used for the dashboard well as architectural markets. Sliced veneer and lumber are used in high quality architectural woodwork.
Properties: The color is light to dark brown or mouse grey, often with dark growth lines. Certain periods of furniture are firmly associated with the used of this wood (for example, Queen Anne furniture in Great Britan). The trunks are generally dug out with the roots which are used to produce the choice veneer.
Machining: Walnut can be worked with all tools without difficulty. Planed surfaces are very smooth.
Seasoning: As a rule Walnut can be dried without problems provided that they drying is not hurried.