COULD, SHOULD, WOOD #1: Black Walnut

PANYL has just added seven (yes, 7!) new woodgrain finishes to the online shop.  All seven are available for each of our products.  This is the first in a series of posts introducing them...


In dendrology circles (read: tree geek chatrooms), the Black Walnut tree is what you might call a "stud."  The 100-plus-foot beasts (scientifically known as Juglans nigra) grow only in eastern North America and are able to produce timber as well as nuts, though commitment is required in either direction to get the best posible results.

Black Walnut trees are the rarest and most expensive of all the Walnut species.  For this reason their yield is coveted by woodworkers and furniture makers the world over.  This wood is so special that it has created a poaching community effective enough to be policed:

Black walnut wood is so valuable, poachers have been known to steal trees from public lands or private landowners. In one such case in Indiana in 2004, Purdue University scientists were able to use DNA analysis to match wood from illegally-felled tree stumps with logs confiscated at a sawmill 60 miles away.

Now, though, you can achieve the look of Black Walnut without a camouflage ski mask and a Toyota Sienna that has a maximum carrying capacity of infinity.  Here's PANYL in Black Walnut on MALM and BESTÅ VARA (above, see it on BESTÅ TOMBO):

Our take on the finish has a smooth, even graining and a rich medium tone.  It can supply a sophisticated accent with darker woods or provide contrast against bright whites.  Click through to preview it in action on the rest of our products, or order a sample!

Below, the black walnut's foliage and fruit.