Walnut Wood Finish Choices
Black Walnut is usually straight grained with a moderately coarse, uniform texture. It has rich dark brown heartwood, and nearly white sapwood. The overall color is a dark brown color with hints of grey, black, and even blue swirled out of the luxurious grain. Genuine black walnut is very rare these days -- what you think of as walnut is likely a stained variety of oak. True black walnut is a very complicated, very beautiful hardwood. With age, walnut will take on a bit of golden brown color. This change is minor. Its species name is Juglans Nigra.
Each wood sample is created from the same genuine hardwood as our furniture. They are hand-sanded and hand-stained, and measure around 3" x 3".
The Janka rating of Walnut is 1010.
The Janka rating measures a wood's hardness and resistance to scrapes, gouges and cuts.
This number should guide your decision, but not define it. The Janka rating is generally used for hardwood flooring, which gets much more wear & tear than furniture does. Also, the Janka rating does not take the protective qualities of our wood finish into consideration.