Friday, 08 June 2018 15:39

Increase in Walnut Demand due to Design Trends?

Of the many North American hardwood species, Black Walnut, more commonly known as just Walnut, is among the most popular. With its distinct brown coloration, tight grain, and excellent texture, Walnut is commonly used in the creation of furniture, cabinetry, flooring, household items, architectural products and more.

If you have had the opportunity to watch a few home remodeling shows recently, it would not be uncommon for them to highlight a product made from Walnut lumber. Whether that item is a cabinet, flooring, furniture or other, it is clear that a variety of items made from Walnut are popular for designers right now, usually due to its rich color.47973152 s

Because of this trend, we have noticed an increase in demand from customers that use Walnut in their production. However, their interest has not just been for Walnut lumber in general, but also for specific Walnut items.

Walnuts unique coloration has resulted in the creation of specific sorts of lumber based on color. For example, items such as 90/50 or 90/90 Walnut and have been very popular. The 90/50 and 90/90 designation signifies the amount of heartwood (light brown to chocolate brown) that is visible on each face of a board. These types of sorts are especially desirable to hardwood flooring manufactures, high-end cabinetry makers and moulding manufacturers because it gives them confidence in the color throughout the thickness of the entire board. 

We have also seen an increase in requests for Walnut Strips. Items such as 6” to 8” strips and 8” and wider Walnut boards are commonly requested in customer inquiries as opposed to the standard random width and length.  Manufacturers who order width sorted Walnut are likely looking to benefit from reducing waste and getting more usable lumber per load than buying a load of random width stock. These items are used not just for solid hardwood flooring but for engineered hardwood flooring as well.

Our Walnut Super Prime is a high-end walnut sort that we have seen a lot of interest in lately. Super Prime Walnut is the very best Walnut grade available. It is a proprietary grade that we offer that is graded using Oak rules, which usually results in higher yields for the customer. It is available in multiple thicknesses and lengths ranging from 6’-16’ and is often used in high-end manufacturing and millwork which includes doors, moulding, trim, and wall paneling.

Although these are just a few of the Walnut items that we offer there are plenty of other options that might be a great fit for your specific use. For example, Clear 1 Face products are commonly requested by cabinetry customers because only one face of the board is showing on a typical cabinet. Live sawn and rustic grade Walnut products have also have garnered interest due to the unique character they can add to a finished product, which makes them very popular for designers.

Whatever your use, we are happy to help customers with any of their Walnut needs. Whether it is an item that we already offer or maybe you have something specific you are looking for, please let us know!

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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