Grain: Varies from straight to all kinds of wild figures. For model building straight is selected.
Figure: When freshly cut, the wood is a purplish-brown, turning to a chocolate brown with simple figuring of darker brown streaks. Sapwood is a light tan.
Texture: Uniform and moderately course.
Properties: Very Nice working wood with power tools, right down to carving knives. Very stable and will not shrink or expand once in use. For its weight, Walnut is exceptionally strong.
Uses: Decorative planking, carvings and moldings. Well suited for hull timbering and framing. American Black Walnut is in such high demand on the world lumber markets, and the timber has been so freely exploited, that the supply is rapidly diminishing year by year.