In recent years, David has discovered the exceptionally consistent qualities of American walnut. It grows well in New Zealand, but was not planted as extensively here as English walnut.
It produces clear wide timber that is consistent and even, with the rich dark-browns, purple-reds, and strong dark grain patterns that are the hallmark of this wood. It is a little darker than most English walnut, but is rich and alluring, and like all walnut, responds beautifully to an oil finish.
American Walnut is also know as Juglans Nigra.
There are very few wood species that are suitable for making the Monogram rocking chair, in terms of strength, bendability and appearance. The steam bending process requires timber that has been naturally air-dried, where almost all commercially available timber has been dried in heated kilns. As a result David has to source and often mill and process suitable trees himself.
The Monogram rocking chair is currently available in the timber selection shown on the Collection page.