Grass Trees are unique to Australia. The species used for turning grows only in southern West Australia. It is the compact fibrous core of the root stump which is used for turning. Growing approximately 3cm per year they take 100 years to reach 300cm (10ft) in height. The Aboriginals used the Grass Tree as a source of shelter, food, fuel and gum. In West Australia’s early days they were used to produce gas lighting.