Origin Europe, Asia
European burr walnut
Main regions of origin
Perfect wood from greyish-white to greyish-brown with shades of beige or violet, slightly differentiated sapwood, with brown or black veins, average grain, lovely finish, quite resistant, easy to process. One of the best woods for cabinet making, widely used in solid form : sheets and tabletops for making furniture in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries. It was practically dropped in the XVIIIth century in many regions and countries (England) because of the severe frosts of the early XVIIIth century which decimated the walnut population. Indeed, frost makes this wood unworkable, because of the many crevices and vein loosening (bursting). It is one of the finest European hardwoods ; the European walnut is known for its use in the making of luxury furniture and objects during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. This charming and classic wood has greyish-brown to chocolate-brown and even reddish-brown tones with a more or less pronounced sapwood zone. The annual growth rings, distinguishable by their colour, contribute a surprisingly striking texture. Numerous variants are found in this wood, according to whether the black bands are more or less distinct.
Cabinet making, furniture, decorative panels, veneers, craftsmanship