Butternut is not a popular hardwood in products today but it should be! Butternut is closely related to Walnut but unlike its more popular cousin Butternut is anywhere from deep brown to a light tan color. Butternut has a very rustic look and feel and is native to here in Northeast Ohio.
Common Name: Butternut
Scientific Name: Juglans cinerea
Color and Appearance: Butternut wood can have a lot of variation between tree to tree but the color of the wood ranges from a deep brown to a light tan and can have an orange cast. The sapwood can easily be seen and is noticeably lighter than the heartwood of the tree. Butternut has a very rustic look and feel to it and imperfections are quite common. These can include knots, ingrown bark, sapwood and eccentric grain patterns from limbs.
How I use it: Butternut makes an excellent choice for a wood when I am looking for something that looks and feels rustic. Because of this I do not shy away from including some of the wood’s natural imperfections when I make a piece for Clark Fine Wood Products. You might also be surprised when holding a piece from Butternut for the first time as it is a relatively light and soft wood.
What will the Butternut look like on my Clark Fine Wood Products piece? All wood has its own grain and color so each piece I make will never have another that looks exactly like it. Here is some of the variation you might see on your Clark Fine Wood Products Piece: