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Walnut… high in omega 3 fatty acids

700mm wide boards - making instant tables!!!!

700mm wide boards – making instant tables!!!!

The fruit of the Walnut tree is deemed a ‘super food’. Full of antioxidants, it is of great nutritional benefit to us humans, so it stands to reason that the wood of the Walnut tree is a ‘super wood’… full of incredible qualities and of huge nutritional benefit to us humans… well Ok, maybe not nutritional… but undoubtedly of benefit.



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We’ve not met anyone yet that didn’t appreciate Walnut.

It’s one of those timber species that people have at the top of their Christmas lists when they’re thinking of making something special. It carries a lot of weight in a design for furniture or interior joinery aesthetically but it also gets the job done in terms of service and function.

Here’s the low down on it’s particular Walnut-ty qualities…


What’s in a name?

Well, Walnut timber comes from one of two variations of the Juglandaceae tree family. Our English and European stock is from the same Juglans regia tree and our Black Walnut is Juglans nigra tree. It’s also known as N.Am Walnut because that’s where a lot of this tree species is grown, but it’s also grown across Europe so if you’re interested in the provenance of your timber it’s worth checking origins.


Bear with us, because when it comes to descriptions on this particular species of timber can be a little schizophrenic as there two different trees involved!

So, Eng/Eu Walnut has a very varied grain pattern, it can be really swirly and wild (think gnarly growing trees) with sound knots incorporated into the flow of grain. It’s colouring is softer brown with contrasting cream sap. It’s sometimes a bit mousey until finished, but the more exciting boards are mixed with red-dy orange  and give a bit of a vivid highlight to the grain. Sometimes the European is steamed to try to even out (flatten) the colouring which can be useful (?) but mainly just flattens the colour…we don’t want that do we?

Black Walnut has a purple-y chocolate brown colouring, usually with a strong grain pattern but mostly quite straight. It’s harder to find wild patterns here because the trees just grown bigger and straighter (darn those straight growing trees!). But ‘bigger’ can be a good sign.. we’ve had some Juglans Regia recently that makes 800mm wide… that’s a tabletop right there! And of course the lengths are larger for this species too.



Timber of either tree works well with machine or hand tools but of course the grain pattern is going to play a part. That wild swirlyness needs more attention as the grain will be going in all directions. It’s hard and strong (if it were bigger and less swirly we’d all be using it for structural work!) and good for turning and carving. It is difficult to treat (acid content & density) being fairly dense and also moderately durable timber. It has medium moisture movement (beware trapped moisture in dense uneven grained timbers). The right glues and polishes work successfully.


Waney edge boards go from 20mm to 80mm in Thickness,  currently up to 940mm in Width and up to 4.3m in Length which is pretty gargantuan for Walnut!


Walnut timber is a specialist hardwood that is mainly used for furniture and interior joinery, although having said that it is durable and could be used externally too. So if you feel like creating something special we dare you to use it for external timber cladding.. we think that’d be amazing!



Our stock is mixed, we keep Kiln Dried waney edge and square edge although we’re stocking more waney edge than ever to serve our furniture makers better. We find waney edge gives more value for money aswell as more creative choice and opportunity to differentiate for our customers. There is always a chance we have some boules air drying too, so if you need a higher moisture content or you want to buy complete boules for stock these might suit you.



Our English  stock

Our French stock

Our Black  stock


MORE on Walnut

What wikipedia says about WALNUTS

What the RHS says about our beloved Juglas Regia

Read our Walnut-centric blogposts

Walnut, high in omega fatty acids

american black walnut waney edge boards in the kiln dried stock shed american black walnut waney edge & square edge stock 

It’s True! The fruit of the Walnut tree is deemed a ‘super food’.

The Walnut, full of antioxidants, it is of great nutritional benefit to us humans. So it stands to reason that the wood of the tree is a ‘super wood’, full of incredible qualities and of huge nutritional benefit to us humans… well Ok, maybe not nutritional, but undoubtedly of benefit.


WYSIWYG Hardwood Hit-The-Road-Jack Rack Sale

We did it in September and it was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Yes woodfans & woodfolks, we’re having another 50% Off Sale in the Timber Rack!

the hardwood timber rack rammed to the gunwhales ready for the 50% off sale in January in english wodlands timber woodyard

On Saturday the 25th January our woodshed doors will be open from 10am to 2pm to let you at the cream of the english hardwood crop.


Then for the rest of the week… from the Monday 27th to Friday 31st of January… you can come and go as you please during normal woodyard hours ( 8am-4pm) and everything in The Rack will stay 50% Off, just for you.

We’ve spent that last couple of weeks loading up the 3 big timber racks and the back wall behind them with british hardwoods such as our deliciously figured Elm, silken grained Ash, rich golden Chestnut, piles of grand old Quercus Robur* not to mention as many bits of Yew, Cedar of Lebanon, Walnut and Beech we could fit in the spaces in between. There are long boards, short boards. Natural-edge boards and square edge cut to size bits. Biscuit thin slivers and unwieldy lumps and they’re ALL 50% off the marked up prices.

It’s quite possible you won’t know where to start when you get here but you’ll probably get over that once you’ve got some competition lining up beside you. If you do get overwhelmed / overwraught / thoroughly flummoxed worry not, we promise we’ll sit you down and feed you coffee and biscuits until the caffeine and sugar get you properly un-flummoxed and back on track. (more…)

Hillgrove Reserve at Decorex 2019

For the last couple of years we have been tentatively building a new project with Hillgrove Timber as a little company within a company to allow us to test our ideas about how people use wood and what furniture designers, makers and buyers alike need from a wood supplier.

As a result we are building The Reserve, a store of the most exceptional, remarkable, outstanding boards that come through the woodyard, kept aside solely for bespoke fine furniture makers.

In an extension of the Hillgrove Timber project is the acknowledgment that makers are central to our purpose and their influence goes deep.

How we source in the forests, how we choose logs to buy, how we care for the wood as it’s cut and seasoned is all shaped by the reciprocal relationship with our maker customers. This closeness of purpose has made collaboration a natural next step.

So in the spirit of collaboration Nick took our Hillgrove Timber show on the road to the interior design exhibition DECOREX in a creative project with designer/maker Simon Thomas Pirie, a craftsman with a deep appreciation for wood, a commitment to sustainability and a desire to provide exceptional work for his clients. (more…)

More WYSIWYG (a Timber Rack Sale)

natural edge boards lined up in the timber rack

It’s a rack rummager’s dream come true… a HALF PRICE timber sale!

Yes woodfans & woodfolks, we’re having our first timber rack sale in ages and it’s going to be a beauty. For one week, from Saturday 7th September to Friday 13th of September everything in The Rack will be 50% OFF!

For one week The Rack is going to be the star of the show.

We’re going to load it up with rows and rows of luscious homegrown timber, maybe a smattering of european hardwood and a right old mixture of square-edge-anything-goes type stuff. (more…)

Handmade in Brighton

Quirky and eclectic furniture and homeware from artist partnership Handmade in Brighton.

Jude Payne and Jonathan Vigour  have brought their art and craft roots to bear on home wares and furniture pieces to create well made, one off pieces with a rustic / industrial aesthetic.

They love to work with sustainable, native hardwoods – Oak, Ash and Walnut – in their raw, waney-edge board form and have a great eye for spotting the unusual pieces of wood in our stock sheds.

Whether you want to impulse buy or take a slow-furniture approach and commission a furniture piece these guys will accommodate you.

For ways to see and buy their pieces try their houzz page for more information or get in touch via their website.

More contact details for Jude and Jonathan:

Handmade in Brighton, 12 Old Shoreham Road, Hove BN3 6ET

T. 07967 541185 / 07598 421134   E.

Start your new bespoke furniture project HERE

BOARDS kiln dried waney edge PRODUCT INFO

Prices for air & kiln dried boards, waney edge &square edge, in Ash, Beech, Cherry, Chestnut, Cedar of Lebanon, Elm, Maple, Sycamore, Walnut, Southern Yellow Pine, Sapele, Wenge, Tulipwood, Western Red Cedar,

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