In lists of the various properties of cabinetwoods, American black walnut stands near the middle in every category. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of woods that are stronger, denser, and susbstantially easier to work. Yet walnut is so flexibly appropriate for a broad range of uses that, overall, it rivals any other wood in the world. It might, in fact, be the very best cabinetwood of all.

From Fine Woodworking #58