Mallees are dwarf eucalypts varying between 2m-10m in height. They are widespread throughout the drier, infertile inland regions of NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. It is their woody root that is used in wood turning. For many years mallee was only valued as firewood. Today, in spite of the fact they are extremely hard and therefore difficult to work, they are prized for their stability and their beautifully marbled grain which takes a superb finish. The Mallees have great regenerative powers following devastation by drought and fire.