At some point almost everyone has seen or heard of the walnut.
Walnut wood is a favorite for making fine furniture, instruments, sculpture and in this case wooden chess pieces.
Walnut veneer is also popular because of its strength and stability and of course beauty.
Walnut defined:Walnut is a straight-grained hardwood that varies from chocolate brown (from the center of the tree) to yellow (outer portion of the tree).
It's a very strong and stable wood that can take intricate carving.