choosing a wood type for your kitchen utensils - thoughts on black walnut...

February 22, 2015

Last week, I wrote about American Beech, and why it just might be your favorite wood type if you try it. This week, I'll be sharing some thoughts about Black Walnut, and why it may or may not be the right wood for your piece of dreamware. Now, unlike American Beech, Black Walnut is one of our most popular wood types... maybe the most popular wood type that we offer. I can understand why. It's downright striking! It's also super consistent, and when you order a piece of dreamware in Black Walnut, you always know what it's going to look like... unlike Maple, which is all over the place with color and grain type, to an astounding degree.

Walnut Wood Coffee Scoop

What you may not be considering when choosing the wood type for your piece of dreamware is the weight and density of the wood. Customers who purchase handcrafted kitchen utensils in assorted wood types often comment on their surprise at discovering that American Beech feels nothing like Maple, and Cherry is really different than Black Walnut. Each wood type has a totally different texture, weight and density. Black Walnut happens to be one of the lighter, more delicate wood types. Now that isn't to say that it is not strong. It is, and its a fabulous choice. But it's just better suited for some jobs than others.

Kitchen Utensil Set in Black Walnut  

For instance, when it comes to coffee scoops and measuring cups, Black Walnut is as good a choice as any. That's because scoops and measuring cups aren't particularly delicate, and in addition, they won't be used for anything that requires a lot of strength and durability. However, if you're wanting a good strong spoon for stirring bread dough, Maple or Hickory would definitely be a better choice. Black Walnut is a great choice for serving spoons, or for kitchen utensils that won't be used for strenuous stirring tasks. It's perfectly strong enough for sauce spoons, spatulas and spurtles. And of course, if you're in doubt about it suitability for any particular design, you can always contact us and ask! We'll be happy to advise :-)

Long Wooden Cooking Spoon in Walnut Wood

I hope that this article has been helpful to you! See you next time! 

All the best,

Loran, for the rest of the Polder Family

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