Walnut is a good wood for furniture-making because it is a beautiful, durable hardwood, but pliable.
Some types of walnut trees, such as butternut and black walnut, are native to the United States. The Persian walnut was introduced by European settlers.
Most walnut trees, with the exception of certain hybrids, grow and mature slowly. Because the older the wood, the better suited it is for furniture-making walnut wood is not to be wasted or used frivolously. Replanting walnut trees is an excellent idea, but it will likely be used by future generations. A walnut’s slow growth rate makes sustainability all the more important, so using trees that are already felled and repurposing existing walnut items are good options.
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Walnut Timber, Malcolm, Patrick. “History of Walnuts,” 03 Aug 2006, (30 July 2012).
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