Why Black Walnut is Jeffrey Greene’s Current Wood of Choice

Every piece of furniture from Jeffrey Greene Design Studio is also a work of art. As both an artist and an artisan, Greene knows that a superlative final product is impossible without the use of the finest starting materials. With decades of woodworking experience, Greene knows the advantages and disadvantages of various kinds of wood, and one type of wood that is currently in popular demand is Black Walnut. However, many of his designs are customizable, meaning he can use virtually any hardwood species a buyer may desire. 

Black Walnut (genus Juglans) has long been regarded as one of the best types of wood for woodworking, both for its beautiful, straight-grained appearance and its durability. This hardwood is stronger than most other woods of similar weights, and items made from Black Walnut tend to be long-lived thanks to the wood’s resistance to damage and ability to hold its shape. It’s also receptive to staining and polishing if a customer requests it, though most clients prefer to keep the wood’s natural beauty without these processes.

The Importance of Black Walnut’s Place of Origin

Jeffrey Greene’s studio is located in Black Walnut country, and although Black Walnut trees grow internationally and the wood is imported to the United States from places like Indonesia and South America, Jeffrey avoids using these imports. Black Walnut from outside the U.S. may look just as beautiful as its American counterpart, but it doesn’t dry properly. Drying is an essential step in the woodworking process, as it prevents the wood from absorbing humidity unevenly, a problem that can lead to shrinking, cracking, and warping.  

Seasoning Black Walnut

Before the seasoning process can begin, Greene personally visits mills and selects each wood board he plans on using. Then come the hand-rubbing and drying techniques of seasoning. These steps enhance the strength and appearance of the wood. Greene gives these procedures the time and attention to detail they deserve. Drying wood at a high temperature creates a boring appearance by causing an even, uniform appearance in coloration. By drying wood for one year per inch of thickness, the wood maintains the beautiful, natural variation in color that makes Black Walnut so instantly recognizable. 


Greene’s pieces are also instantly recognizable, due to their unique, flawlessly articulated designs. For more information, contact Jeffrey Greene Design Studio today.