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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.


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 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,

The Timber Rack…

…not an instrument of torture but a playground for woodfans.

The Cocking Sawmills Timber Rack has been around forever (or at least 4 years!). Recently it’s taken on a life of it’s own, a sort of woodyard within a woodyard.  In response to crowds of woodfans vying for elbow room in the overly stocked, single bay of racking… we’ve had a makeover. And not just any makeover. A proper makeover, with real thought and planning and everything!


the covered yard workshop and timber rack in the kiln dried shed at cocking sawmills (more…)

English logs start off our Autumn sawmilling

This week Tom took a trip up to Helmdon Sawmill to select our next batch of English logs for milling.

As usual he’s keeping us well stocked with large dimension Cedar of Lebanon logs to make boules of 20mm and 27mm waney edge for furniture making and interior cladding. There are no Tineola bisselliella on us…!  

Cedar of Lebanon logs for 20mm and 27mm boules and boards perfect for furniture making


Next on the list is the sought after yet hard to come by English Walnut he’s been keeping for best.

english walnut logs sitting in wait for the big decision on what thickness to cut

He’s decided it’s time to commit so he’s putting it on the bandsaw but Tom says we’ll have to wait until we’re sticking it to find out what thickness it is. We all piped up with different suggestions based on wants and needs for different customers – not very helpful – but as Tom only has the two logs to mill this time we’re going to have see who gets their way… but perhaps it’ll be mixed thickness?! That would be clever…

english walnut logs sitting in wait for the big cut

After Walnut we get a nice big parcel of Pippy Oak from the Scottish borders. It grows beautifully up there in the cooler climes. Big straight logs with lots of good looking external burring indicating we could be in for some nice medium and perhaps a bit of heavy pip.

a lovely selection of scottish pippy oak logs ready for sawmilling

Tom will be watching this parcel closely… he loves to predict his pippy log outcomes. We’d all be happy if some of those logs we’re over 3m, nice, long pippy oak for kitchen joinery and table making to add to the mix for some furniture makers we know…



Read about how Tom chooses logs to buy

See our Walnut boards

See our Cedar of Lebanon boards

See our Scottish Oak boards

Find our more about BOULES

See our Boules stock

Read more blog posts about english logs & boules


Tom Talks Round Timber

& the Art of Buying Logs


The art of buying logs to yield particular grain patterns and figure is a practice exercised through accumulated experience of sawing and observation over generations. Knowledge has been acquired that enables current round timber buyers to predict likely outcomes. (more…)

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