WHAT IS NORTH AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT?
American Black Walnut is a medium to large hardwood, native to the eastern regions of North America. There are two different components to walnut wood. The outer layer is called sapwood and the inner layer is called the heartwood. Walnut sapwood has a creamy white colour. The walnut heartwood colour ranges from a golden or light brown to dark chocolate brown colour, and sometimes with narrow streaks of a darker purplish-brown.
American Black Walnut has a beautiful, fine and generally straight-grained timber, although sometimes it has an attractive wavy or curly grain, giving it a highly decorative figure. This could be in the form of wood curl, crotch, and burls.
During the materials selection for Nord Living, it can be expected that some planks will have both heartwood and sapwood overlapping. The planks with creamy white sapwood are joined next to planks with heartwood, creating a unique aesthetic second to none, and accounting for American Black Walnut's endearing popularity.
NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WOOD
Colour, grain, and texture variations are natural characteristics of authentic wood surfaces. Since no two trees are exactly alike, these variations are evident in every piece of wood. Therefore, there can be variation in colour, grain, and texture between actual finished Nord Living products. Natural wood products will exhibit unique grains, scars, knots, splits and fissures that add to the distinct character of each exceptional piece.
The American Walnut wood planks are dried to reduce splitting and warping. Nonetheless, natural movement of the planks can be expected due to natural expansion and contraction of the wood caused by changes in humidity, sunlight, or moisture. This movement may cause cracks, but rest assured that these are normal occurrences that do not affect the structural integrity of the piece.
Formed by branches of a tree, The knots are ever-changing as the tree grows. They come in many shapes and sizes, and are a unique characteristic of natural wood that is to be appreciated.
As the tree grows, wild animals and birds may scratch and claw the timber, causing natural wood scars.
Small holes resulting from bird peck and associated discoloration creates a unique contrast in color and texture in the wood.
Due to environmental factors, the timber has a natural variation in colour. We join multiple planks of wood to make Nord Living furniture, hence a variation in colour between planks can be expected.
WHY CHOOSE SOLID AMERICAN WALNUT FURNITURE?
WOOD CARE / MAINTENANCE
NORD LIVING SIGNATURE COLLECTION - EXQUISITELY CRAFTED
Clean lines, exquisite craftsmanship and understated elegance are characteristic of Nord Living designs. The line draws a strong influence from Nordic styles – fusing shape with functionality – to bring a touch of sophistication into each home. Each piece is carefully crafted to embrace the natural characteristics of the wood, giving it a beauty and texture like no other and proving to be a worthy investment.
Nord Living uses a mix of straight grain and wavy grain timber, embracing both heartwood and sapwood. Each piece of furniture is unique and exquisitely crafted, showing the life of the tree etched in the grain. No two pieces will be the same.