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WALNUT, EUROPEAN

Juglans regia

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).



my samples:


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.

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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.



web pics:


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.