David Gunton supplies French Walnut, steamed or unsteamed,
in boards in several qualities from many sources and in blocks, strip
and parquet, but, most especially, wide long boards. By clicking
on most pictures on this site you can see a larger version.
French Walnut Boards
How do you describe the pleasure we gain from making floors like this? Today,
the words fail me, so let me try to explain the process of creation. The
task begins when a customer has the courage to specify something unusual
and to invest some faith. A whistle stop 2500 mile tour of sawmills specialising
in French Walnut was necessary to establish who had the right quality of
stock. A second visit to France was needed to make the selection of the
boards. Walnut is not grown for its lumber, but for the nuts. Thus the growers
are not concerned to produce straight, tall large girth logs. It is easier
to collect walnuts from low growing trees, so most are pollarded when young
to produce lots of low branches. Approximately 4 times the quantity which
was fitted to the floor was bought to ensure that there was enough for the
waste and plenty to choose from.
French walnut boards up to about 9" wide surrounding a marble
draining plinth supporting a free standing family sized bath. The
boards are fitted over underfloor heating. They are drilled, countersunk,
screwed and pelleted. These are finished in oil and wax. Are they
This corridor leads from an elegant circular stone staircase
to bedrooms through the door ahead and a bathroom on the right.
This is all set in a traditionally built extension to an ancient
stone built mill. The boards in this picture beautifully demonstrate
the varied and tortuous richly coloured grain patterns typical of
These French walnut boards provide a rich background to rugs
French Walnut is often used in parquets, as here with this
Greek Key pattern border.
You can see how French Walnut looks as a large herringbone pattern
by clicking here