The lower grades of walnut has a lot more nasty knots, sapwood, but has some wild grain that really makes this chair look good! This kid size rocker is the last of 4 I started back last January when I turned enough legs to do them all. I am just a bit tardy getting the last two put together. The 1st two I sold, Swmbo kept one and this one is for a grand daughter that's about to turn 7. I figured she needed a chair to rock her dollies to sleep!