Antique Cabinet in Burr Walnut
This antique cabinet is fashioned of Burr Walnut with Walnut Veneers.
The wood of the walnut tree is important in furniture making as an attractive timber. One that is hard, dense, tight-grained and polishes to a very smooth finish.
The Walnut color ranges 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. Due to the wood’s color, hardness and grain, it is a highly sought after and prized furniture and carving wood.
Walnut burls (commonly called “burrs” in Europe) are typically used to create bowls and other turned pieces. They are also very commonly used as the main wood in higher end furniture and electric guitars and basses.
Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers. Walnut wood has been the timber of choice for gun makers for centuries, including the Lee-Enfield rifles of the First World War.
Walnut remains one of the most popular choices for rifle and shotgun stocks, and is generally considered to be the premium – as well as the most traditional – wood for gun stocks, due to its resilience to compression along the grain. Walnut is also used in guitar making and for the body of pipe organs.
The wood of the butternut and related Asian species is of much lower value, softer, coarser, less strong and heavy, and paler in color.
In North America, forestry research has been undertaken mostly on Juglans nigra, (black Walnut) aiming to improve the quality of planting stock and markets.
In some areas of the US, black walnut is the most valuable commercial timber species. The Walnut Council is the key body linking growers with scientists. In Europe, various EU-led scientific programs have recently studied walnut growing for timber.
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