American black walnut

Natural Colour                                                                                               

American Black Walnut

  • Pale to Dark Chocolate Brown

Common Uses

  • Furniture, Joinery, Cabinet Making, Mouldings

Alternatives (similar colour)

  • Elements, Spotted Gum, Jarrah, Merbau

Features & Benefits

  • Very attractive timber for furniture making

  • Can be polished to an exceptional finish

  • Internal use only

  • Machines well

  • Distinctive creamy coloured sapwood

  • Veneers readily available

  • Knots and wavy grain is to be expected

  • Heartwood lightens in colour with age


timber specifications


Botanical & Other Names

  • Juglans nigra



  • North America



  • Typically un-certified

  • FSC possible but not common



  • Black Walnut is a finely grained timber, often with attractive swirls and wave patterning, especially around knotty areas. The heartwood lightens in colour as it ages, especially when it is exposed to UV light.



  • American Black Walnut performs well with both machine and hand tools, and takes a very high polish. It is an excellent timber for carving and turning and is suitable for steam bending. It glues satisfactorily if conditions are carefully controlled. Black Walnut also has good dimensional stability.



  • Termite Resistance Susceptible

  • Lyctid Resistance Sapwood susceptible

  • Marine Borer Resistance N/A

  • Bushfire Not Rated unless treated with suitable fire retardant system

  • Fire properties Group 3 – Slightly Combustible


Stock Sizing

  • Sawn thickness 25, 38 & 50mm

  • Random width 75-250mm in 25mm increments

  • Set width may be available in 25mm

  • For finished dressed and profiled products contact us.