Because of its color, hardness and grain, Walnut is a prized furniture and carving wood. Early colonists exported walnut wood to England from Virginia as early as 1610. Since that time, walnut has been used for fine furniture, architectural woodwork, musical instruments, decorative panels, interior trim, and flooring. Large amounts are also used for veneer. Its stability and shock resistance make it the wood of choice for gun stocks. Walnut is noted for its rich grain patterns, nutty chocolate or purplish brown color, and matte sheen.