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American Walnut

Origin: Native to the eastern United States and as far west as Texas.

Appearance: There is a distinct difference in color between the nearly white sapwood of walnut and the heartwood which ranges in color from a deep, rich, almost chocolate brown to a purplish black. The wood often has a purplish cast with dark streaks. However, there is a wide variation of color, figure, and grade within the species. For example, select grade walnut is very uniform in color and character, while rustic or character grade will bring in vast differences in color and grain. The grain of walnut is mostly straight and open, though some boards may have a grain pattern that is burled or curly. In fact, the wood is especially valued for its wavy, curly, and mottled figures. The wood surface is generally fairly dull, though it may develop a lustrous patina after many years in use. This is one of the most prized North American hardwoods. Black Walnut is also prized for its ability to work in settings from modern to country when done with a caring eye.

Janka Hardness: 1010 Although one of the most beautiful floors, Black Walnut tends to be slightly softer than Oak and may not be suitable for an active family unless done in a hand-scraped or rustic fashion.

Black Walnut remains one of America’s most widely known and most valuable hardwood species. Walnut makes up only about two percent of our forests, a distinct rarity that makes this hardwood such a valuable commodity. Black Walnut has had an illustrious history, as it is often the centerpiece of antique furniture and moldings in both 18th Century and Victorian interiors.

Shamrock Premium Walnut Plank Flooring is appealing in either a modern or traditional setting. With width options from 2 1/4” to 8”, Shamrock can provide the wide widths popular in today’s high-end homes and offices. Random width patterns give a home a more traditional look while singlewide-width applications offer a more contemporary and uniform setting.

The Natural Walnut Plank contains all the innate characteristics of Walnut such as knots, burls, contrasting sap and heartwood, and all other distinguishing markings. This achieved look is perfect for those looking for flooring in country homes and lodges.

Shamrock is proud to be the largest producer of Walnut plank flooring. Walnut used in Shamrock Plank Flooring grows primarily in the Mid-West where only the finest Appalachian hardwoods are harvested. Shamrock’s sister company and sawmill operation, Superior Hardwoods, is located in the middle of lush, temperate forests. The unique relationship shared by Shamrock and Superior Hardwoods permits careful management of customers’ hardwood floors from the tree to the end product, quality hardwood plank flooring.

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