About Our Burr Walnut Antique Reproduction Furniture
Burr Walnut is a fascinating and beautiful wood which, when used on our Burr Walnut reproduction furniture, produces a wonderful and unique piece of furniture every time. Burr Walnut has been used to make furniture for 100's of years and is completely distinct from other woods, with the grain consistantly being heavily figured with wild shapes and patterns. Colours vary according to the pattern and ratio between light and dark wood, but the overall effect is usually a mid to deep brown with hints of red. Here is a typical piece of Burr Walnut used on our Burr Walnut reproduction furniture once sanded and polished:
While the Burr Walnut brings a lot of natural beauty to our Burr Walnut reproduction furniture, we go one step further and use the addition of inlaying. Inlaying is the use of a contrasting wood to highlight the centre of a door, top or drawer to add interest. Typically with our Burr Walnut furniture we use a walnut 'feathered' inlaid line to separate the feature panel from the crossbanded edge, where we use a straight grained walnut with the grain running in the opposite direction to 'frame' the panel.
Here is an example of the Burr Walnut with a feathered walnut inlay
Here is a brief description about Burr Woods:
A burr results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Most burrs grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burrs sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burr wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.
Burrs yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. There are a number of well-known types of burrs (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and sliced into veneers for furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, and woodturning.
Here is a tree with a burr: