Our walnut worktops in are available in 40mm stave widths and 60mm stave widths. The stave size refers to the width of the smaller individual lengths of timber which make up the worktop.
All of our worktops are 40mm thick in any style. Constructed using the finest furniture grade North American Black Walnut, with its dark, rich colour and stunning grain structure.
Something quite special
Our Solid American Black Walnut Worktops are something quite special. Black Walnut is highly prized for its rich, dark-coloured heartwood. It is amongst the most valuable timbers grown commercially and has long been highly prized for its beautiful colour, tensile strength and durability. In short, a W-K-W Walnut Worktop is simply fabulous.
All Shapes and sizes
We make our Walnut Worktops to all shapes and sizes. We don't charge for cutting down 'standard worktop blanks' - we make your Walnut Worktops to order, to the exact sizes you require. So you only pay for the worktops you need - not the offcuts you don't. Try our Worktop Quote Calculator for an exact quote on your Walnut Worktops.
We specify the age (90 to 130 years old), minimum butt - trunk - diameter (2’8”), thickness of cut (2.0625”), average length (minimum 9’, maximum 21’) and general condition of the butt. We process all the planks from the butt, which is known as ‘mill run’. We then separate the planks to allow air to flow freely though, and leave the timber in ‘T sheds’ – open sides but with a roof to keep rain and sun off the top of the timber – for about 4 months to slowly dry ready to go in to the kilns for a further 3 months. Here the temperature builds slowly to about 120 degrees F until the optimum drying rate is achieved. If anything we dry our walnut a touch too slowly – in effect we baby it - but considering there is £ 250,000 worth of walnut stuck in there, a few extra days drying is worth paying for. This is one of the major differences between us and even the best timber merchants, for whom speed takes precedence over the finer aspect of quality.
American Black Walnut
American Black Walnut, singularly the most highly prized of all furniture hardwoods, and with good reason. The elegance and definition of the grain is at once so delicate yet strong, it seems impossible for a timber of such beauty to be as hard and durable as it is.American Black Walnut grows throughout the mid eastern United States, from Georgia in the south to Wisconsin in the north. The further south one goes, the more the walnut takes a purple tint, with a slightly cruder, more wavy grain structure. The really amazing walnut comes from the far north, particularly Wisconsin, Illinois and all the northern New England States like Vermont and New Hampshire. It’s the distinct seasons which make all the difference. Warm wet spring conditions for strong leaf production, lovely lazy long summers for growth, followed by extended autumn vistas famous around the world, finishing with staggeringly harsh winters for consolidation and tightness within the grain.
It is worth understanding the differences between American Black Walnut and other Walnuts, real and imaginary. On the real front, there is European Walnut. A paler, softer wood, European Walnut is from much smaller trees which is why it is virtually unheard of in wide stave. Mostly from Turkey, it is fast growing, contains a lot of sap wood (the yellowish streaks) simply because of the narrowness of the butt, and is not generally used at all in furniture. On the imaginary front, there seem to be more and more types of “Walnut” discovered every year. At the moment, ‘African Walnut’ is the most common. Nothing to do with real Walnut, ‘African Walnut’ is in fact a coniferous tree with berries that look like walnuts. The dark colour adds to the myth. Sadly, it is a rainforest tree, and a victim of the slash and burn culture in Africa which has destroyed thousands of square miles of virgin rainforest in the last 50 years. Another imaginary walnut is ‘Tiger Walnut’. Once again, nothing to do with Walnut, but another rainforest tree, it looks no more like real walnut than painted mdf. I find it quite insulting that these rainforest trees are frequently referred to as ‘sustainable’ which is a simple and out and out lie. Please do not be taken in by them. Not only are you being conned, you will be sorely disappointed.
The Finest Raw Materials
Although we are lucky enough to be on the door step of the finest Appalachian Hardwood area in the whole country, particularly for Oak, we still have to travel a bit for the ultimate in walnut. Because of the sheer value of the timber, it is one of the few hardwoods which justifiably travel long distances in the USA. We are just finishing a batch of walnut from Wisconsin, and are currently running a batch from Northern Vermont, high in the Appalachian Mountains. Because we dry our own walnut, we quantify a batch as a kiln charge. This is the amount of timber required to fill a kiln, which is roughly three hundred thousand cubic feet; around 150 tons of walnut or seven giant lorry loads.
You'll love our walnut worktops
We could ramble on about how beautiful the Walnut is, but honestly just order a sample and see for yourself. After all it would be tragic to order the wrong Walnut Worktops from the wrong company. With our bespoke worktop service you can order the exact size you want. Custom made American Black Walnut worktops with no wastage.