Because of its properties and interesting grain pattern, black walnut is used for furniture, architectural woodwork, decorative panels, gunstocks, cabinets and interior finish.
The heartwood of black walnut varies from light to dark brown, and the sapwood is nearly white and up to three inches wide in open-grown trees.
Black walnut’s natural range extends from Vermont to the Great Plains and southward into Louisiana and Texas. About three-quarters of the walnut timber is produced in the Central states.
Black walnut is normally straight-grained, easily worked with tools, and stable in use. It is heavy (39lbs./cu.ft.), hard, strong, stiff and has good resistance to shock. Black walnut is well suited for natural finishes.