Of all the woods we use, we tend to emphasize quartersawn white oak. But walnut has always been a big favorite too, especially for carving. In preparing for the Paul Kratter show in June, the painting we decided to use for the publicity suggested walnut. Here's a corner detail of the frame, which is a compound design, meaning it's composed of more than one molding. This one has a cap molding as well as a liner. The liner has pale gold leaf laid directly on the walnut so the grain comes through.
The color of walnut harmonizes well with many pieces because it's rich without being too intense. We typically stain it - this one has a light stain - to mute it even further.
We use walnut frequently for drawing frames (i.e., narrow profiles), but it's often great on paintings and other items.