Rich, Chocolaty Peruvian Walnut

Rich, Chocolaty Peruvian Walnut

Peruvian Walnut, Juglans neotropica, is South American hardwood that tends to be darker than the species coming from North America or Europe, with a deep chocolate or reddish brown color in select boards. The wood will sometimes have a purplish hue, and may also contain streaks of lighter-colored wood mixed throughout the heartwood. The grain has a medium to coarse texture with medium-sized pores which may require filling for a smooth finish. A sanding sealer will do a nice job filling the pores. The grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Grain patterns and figuring such as curl seem to be much less common in the tropical species than in the temperate species of Walnuts. The wood is typically easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. A faint, mild odor is present when being worked that is similar to Black Walnut. Peruvian Walnut may generate allergic reactions in some people. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation. Use proper protection as with all species of woods. Common uses include: furniture, cabinetry, veneers, flooring, musical instruments, and fancy boxes.
The wood in this special has light figure or is straight grained. All lumber is kiln dried and surfaced on two sides with a spiral cutter head and is smooth on two faces. Minor planer bite may be present on only a few boards. Ends are clean and smooth. The other side typically has similar figure or grain but can have less in some boards. Some boards have a unique mixture of figure. Figure is very subtle and ranges from a large curl spaced 2-4 apart to a curl that is spaced 1-2 apart. The degree of figure ranges from board to board. All boards are very beautiful. Some will be fancier than others. The photo shown above is a correct representation of medium the grain & color.

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