Timber and veneers are natural products, and a range of colour variations within each species is to be expected.
Many of our products are made in a wide variety of timbers and we are unable to specify what timbers are available at any one time. In these cases please select your preference of light, medium or dark timber.
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Below is some information and examples of the most common timbers used in our products.
Red Cedar once grew extensively in the rainforests along the east coast of Australia. Today it is difficult to obtain. Its susceptibility to the insect tip moth makes it difficult to regenerate and impossible to grow in plantation stands. Its beautiful wood, usually a rich red-brown with distinct growth rings, is soft, lightweight, aromatic and durable. One of Australia’s finest cabinet timbers, its rarity now severely limits its usage.
Red Gums are the most widespread species of eucalyptus. It grows throughout most of Australia but not on the eastern coastline, southern W.A. and the Nullarbor Plains. Its strong durable timber was widely used in the past for housing, heavy construction and fencing. Today this rich red hardwood is used for furniture, turning and decorative wood work. An excellent firewood, its foliage is relished by Koalas.
Rock Maple is a medium to large non-rainforest hardwood of North-east America and Canada. It can reach heights of up to 40m and up to 1 m in diameter. The heartwood is creamy-white sometimes with a reddish tinge. The sapwood is wide, generally of the same colour. Larger and older trees sometimes have a dark brown heart. The grain is generally straight though sometimes wavy with a “fiddle-back” figuring. It has a naturally high lustre, fine and uniform texture with “Birdseye” figuring present in some trees. The sap of this tree is the source of Maple Syrup.
Also known as Rose Mahogany, Rosewood is a versatile hardwood used in furniture, panelling, joinery and turning. The wood has a distinctive pleasing odour, with the freshly cut bark smelling like roses. Rosewood grows to a tall tree, 40 metres or more, in the rich sub-tropical rainforests from central NSW to the Queensland border.
This distinctive tree grows in high rainfall areas predominantly throughout Tasmania with some growth in Victoria and South Eastern NSW, It is much sought after as furniture timber. The heartwood is a creamy to light grey colour and often has a black stain. This "blackheart" is in demand for turnery and other specialist work and is caused by a bacterial infection. The bark of the Sassafras tree is aromatic and was used for brewing sassafras beer and for making tea.
Flame She Oak is a small slow growing tree distributed over much of western Queensland. Only small amounts of the trunk, which is seldom more than 15-20cm in diameter, is useful in wood turning because of extensive faulting and cracking. Its timber, which polishes well, has a wide band of creamy coloured sapwood and a rich red/brown heartwood that is brought alive by long dark medullary flashes.
Silky Oak has been widely used for cabinet making but is now in limited supply in the coastal rainforest areas of the Queensland/N.S.W. border. Its timber varies from fawn to darkish brown with large rays that give it an “oak-like” figure. The early timber getters called it “oak” because of its resemblance to English oak and “silky” because of the “silkiness” of the wood when cut.
The Silver Ashes are rainforest hardwoods growing from the Mid North Coast to Far North Queensland. The tree grows up to 35m in height and 1m in diameter. The timber colour varies from almost white to pale yellow to greyish silver and has little or no figuring in the grain. It is a stable timber, reasonably durable, easily worked and steam bends well. It has a natural lustre, finishes well and is a popular timber for furniture making as well as for sporting goods and boat building.
The Spotted Gum, so named because of the “spotted” or mottled appearance which the trunk develops as it sheds its bark, grows along the New South Wales coastline, up into Queensland. The heart wood of the spotted gum often features gum veins and fiddleback. Being shock resistant it is used in heavy construction, housing and as tool handles. Spotted Gum burls are the part of the tree most often used in wood turning.
Stringybark grows in N.S.W., Victoria and Queensland. Their bark is their distinguishing characteristic. thick, tough and fibrous with deep furrows, it can be pulled off in long “strings”. Their timber is usually pale brown with some species showing yellow or pinkish tinges. Being hard and durable it is used in heavy construction, and as sleepers and fencepost. Stringybark burls are the part of the tree more commonly used in wood turning.
Sycamore is a tree found in various parts of the world. In Australia it is also known Satin Sycamore and Nth Queensland Coachwood. It grows to a height of 30m in the rainforests of NorthenQueensland. The hardwood is pale pinkish brown and the grain is straight to slightly figured with fine texture and lustre. The wood is relatively hard and strong and can be worked to a smooth fine finish. It has been used for joinery, decorative veneer, furniture and carving.
Wenge is an exotic timber from the open forests of Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon, the southern regions of Tanzania, and Mozambique. It is also found in the swampy forests of the Congo region. The tree is described as medium sized, and attains a height of 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 m). The sapwood is pale yellow or whitish in color, and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is dark brown, mostly black, with fine, closely spaced, very dark veins and white lines. The combination of white bands against the dark wood with black streaks gives Wenge a very attractive appearance. Generally used by Australian woodworkers as small detail items on furniture and small objects.
Yellow Box grows extensively on the inland slopes and tablelands of NSW and Victoria. Also known as Yellow Ironbark and Honey box, its fine textured wood varies in colour from light pinkish to yellowish brown. Difficult to work, its strength and durability make it an ideal material for use in heavy engineering, fencing and as railway sleepers. it is an excellent firewood timber and is one of the best honey trees amongst the Eucalypts