Very strong and stable wood. One of the more costly types of wood. Walnut wood is dense and tight-grained. Because of its color, hardness and grain it is prized as furniture and carving wood.
One of the walnut wood characteristics are its shades. Color can vary from lighter pale to dark chocolate brown. Sometimes with gray, purple or reddish streaks. The heartwood and sapwood are easily distinguishable: while the heart has this dark brown color, sapwood is much paler, grayish to almost white. The color of heartwood varies depending upon location and age.
The texture is usually straight but can have interesting curly patterns. Irregular grains can sometime lead to tearout if one is not being careful. But otherwise, it is easy to work with.