The sapwood of walnut is creamy white, while the heartwood is light brown to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. Walnut is usually supplied steamed, which darkens the sapwood, but a very unique look can also be achieved by leaving it natural. The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with a wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure. The dark heartwood will lighten in colour as it ages over time with exposure to UV light.
Walnut is generally straight-grained with a coarse texture. It is a dense wood, but it machines, nails, and glues without difficulty. Walnut has good bending properties and accepts finishing well.
Furniture, cabinet making, architectural interiors, high-class joinery, doors, flooring and panelling. A favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter coloured timber.
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