Friday, 30 October 2015 18:33

What Are The Most Sought After Walnut Lumber Items?

Walnut is one of the most popular North American hardwood lumber species.  Architects and designers frequently specify walnut because of its natural beauty and excellent working properties.

Walnut is also considered to be one of the more expensive North American hardwoods and because of that it is often requested to be sold and delivered in special specific sorts.84-PR-Walnut-Leitchfield

We find that some of the most sought after walnut items are special heartwood sorts such as 90/50 and 90/90 walnut.  These walnut sorts are mostly sought after by high end cabinet makers and moulding manufacturers.  Hardwood lumber distributors also look to stock these type of products because they move quickly and can turn into repeat business very easily.

Another popular walnut lumber sort request is walnut graded on oak rules.  This type of product usually results in lumber that provides better yields than normal industry grades.

Many times flooring manufacturers specifically request 4/4 walnut Prime strips.  These width sorted products are generally requested in widths between 6” and 10” and can be very difficult to find because it takes a long time to accumulate a full load for shipment.

There are many other special walnut products.  Clear 1 face products, live sawn walnut products and even rustic grade walnut products.  All of them are commonly requested products in the hardwood lumber industry.  If you are a manufacturer that uses walnut for your products perhaps ordering your lumber in more specific sorts can help you improve your overall lumber usage.  If you do, make sure your supplier can provide you with the sorts your desire, can replicate the product on a regular and consistent basis, and is willing to customize the offering based on your specific needs. 

We help customers with special walnut items all the time.  If you have something specific you are looking for or want to develop please let us know!

Tony Cimorelli
Baillie Lumber
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