Willow lacks walnut’s density and durability, but the heartwood of carefully selected pieces approximates the color and grain patterns of walnut.

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Why willow? Willow lacks walnut's density and durability, but the heartwood of carefully selected pieces approximates the color and grain patterns of walnut.

Making the switch: Willow pieces with a close color match to walnut require little or no staining. Willow soaks up liquid stain faster than less porous walnut. If you plan to mix walnut and willow in a project and will be staining both, first experiment on scraps of both species with different types of stains. Gel stains will produce less blotching on willow.