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Juglans regia of the family Juglandaceae. This is a European variety of walnut and also comes listed as English walnut, French walnut, and others. It is sometimes indistinguishable from American black walnut (but only sometimes).
both sides of a sample plank listed as English walnut / Juglans regia --- the upper area is weakly colored heartwood and the lower area is sapwood
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- the heartwood is on the right and the sapwood is on the left and that is more clear in the end grain closeup below than it is in these face grain pics
END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above
first face and the end grain of a sample of English walnut / Juglans regia (presumed). This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION B
the second face, before and after slicing off 1/8" showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.
end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.
both sides of a sample plank of French walnut / Juglans regia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This piece appears to be basicall sapwood.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above
veneer sold to me as European walnut
quartersawn figured European veneer --- the curl is weak, but it is somewhat stronger than what shows up in these pics. There is too much red in these pics --- the color is shown more accurately in the web pic directly below.
the web pic posted by the vendor who sold me the lot that the samples above were taken from. Except for the excessive shininess (which is absolutely typical of her pics) this is a very accurate representation of the wood.
slabs listed as English walnut
plank listed as European walnut / Juglans regia
planks listed as European walnut
planks listed as Juglans regia
planks listed as English walnut
planks listed as French walnut
English walnut / Juglans regia from the BogusColorVendor which is why the color looks ridiculous
listed as marbled crotch English walnut and I'm dubious about the color
three English walnut pics (crotch slab, bookmatched veneer, and a "marbled" slab) all submitted by Don Restall, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The marbled slab appears to have been moistened for the pics and the others appear to be raw wood.
fiddleback European walnut planks
plank listed as figured European walnut
veneer listed as curly English walnut even though the curl is tight enough to where most vendors would have listed it as fiddleback
veneer listed as European walnut
flat cut veneer listed as French walnut
European walnut veneer all from the same vendor
European walnut veneer sheets with both levels of enlargement (the grain looks correct in the enlargements)
bookmatched veneer sheets listed as European walnut. These were not listed as figured although they obviously are, and the color is very unlikely
flat cut veneer listed as figured French walnut
figure European walnut veneer, flat cut on the left and quartersawn bookmatched on the right
veneer listed as curly European walnut, obviously flat cut and from a vendor who makes all her wood look shiny in her pics even when the wood is NOT shiny.
flat sawn fiddleback veneer listed as European walnut --- these are from a vendor who makes all her wood look shiny in her pics even when the wood is NOT shiny.
quartersawn fiddleback veneer listed as European walnut --- these are from a vendor who makes all her wood look shiny in her pics even when the wood is NOT shiny.
flat cut quilted European walnut veneer, bookmatched --- these are from a vendor who makes all her wood look shiny in her pics even when the wood is NOT shiny.
curly French walnut veneer and a closeup of the last piece
fiddleback French walnut veneer --- see "curly" directly above --- another case where "fiddleback" and "curly" are used somewhat interchangeably
French walnut --- flat cut veneer, veneer with fiddleback figure, and then a veneer sheet closeup, then quartersawn figured veneer
crotch veneer listed as European walnut / Juglans regia
crotch veneer listed as European walnut / Juglans regia and all from the same vendor
European walnut burl veneer; some of the pieces are bookmatched
European walnut cluster burl veneer
butt veneer listed as European walnut
bookmatched Italian walnut burl veneer
Italian walnut burl veneer
guitar sets listed as European walnut then French walnut
English walnut pistol grips
bowl listed as English walnut --- if I had seen this at a quick glance with no ID, I might have thought it was zircote
paperweight of English walnut. I bought this from master turner Tom Laser in 1983. Don't know what finish he used but it's hard and shiny. A chunk of wood this size would be quite light for a paperweight but Tom's technique was to drill out the center, fill it with lead, and cap it with a very nice, clean-looking, pewter bottom as shown in the 2nd pic. I have 3 very beautiful bowls of his on the bottom of the "walnut, claro" page.