Bark & Rock

Walnut Burr

Where: Europe and China

Botanical Name: Juglans regia

Walnut trees, best known for their rich nut production, are native to areas stretching from South Eastern Europe to South Western China. They thrive in Britain where they have been popular since the time of the Romans who purportedly introduced them to countries right across Europe.

Walnut burr is particularly attractive and highly sought after thanks to its distinctively rich colour and complex decorative patterning. Figuring tends to be consistently wild and attractive and exhibits tones that range from light to deep warm browns with tinges of rusty reds. The best burr is sourced from the base of the Walnut tree.


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.

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