About our Wood
This beautiful hardwood is durable and has a light to deep reddish-brown colour. Home to West Africa, it is used in boat building, flooring, furniture, veneer, decorative work, cabinetry, window frames, plywood, and musical instruments, among others. Currently this priced tree is being grown in NT in plantations. Legend has it that an early botanist visiting Africa many years ago, saw this tree growing in a forest and asked his guide what it was called. The reply being ‘Khaya’ – which in the guide’s language meant ‘I don’t know’. The botanist, none the wiser, diligently wrote this down and the genus was named accordingly.
Beech is a popular choice for flooring, furniture, veneer plywood. It is a hard, strong and heavy wood. It has a fine, tight grain and even texture. Usually a pale yellow/brown colour which gives your room a warm feeling. With its smooth finish it is a great wood to polish, while it is a strong wood to withstand shocks and wear.
Huon Pine is the oldest living tree in Australia, second oldest in the world (after North American bristle cone). It can live for 3,000 years, that means some of them are older than the invention of Greek democracy by Cleisthenes at 507B.C. They only grow very slowly in the cool temperate climate in Tasmanian, averaging just 1 millimetre in girth per year; and they start to reproduce until 600 to 800 years of age. The timber has a very high oil content, which renders it impervious to insects, waterproof, and imbues it with its characteristic sappy perfume. The retrieval of stumps left over from old logging led to the discovery of tons of ancient buried Huon pine logs, some dated at 38,000 years old and still intact despite being buried in the damp earth at that time.
Currently 85% of remaining Huon Pine forests are conserved in National Parks while 15% is managed by Forestry Tasmania for salvage. It is estimated that the supplies of salvaged dead timber will last for another 2 generations.
However Professor Tim Brodribb from the University of Tasmania is one of those concerned about what carbon dioxide emissions could mean for the giant tree.
“If the emissions continue to rise as they are at the moment, then this species [Huon pine] and a lot of species in Tasmania will be extinct in 100 years for sure,” he said in an article Huon pine trees live for 3,000 years but climate change could wipe them out in the next 50
Red Cedar is a large to very large tree, ranging up to 65 to 70 m tall and 3 to 4 m in trunk diameter. It is valued for its distinct appearance, aroma, and its durability and high natural resistance to decay. It is long-lived tree; some individuals can live well over a thousand years, with the oldest verified being 1460 years. Its light weight, strength and dark warm sound make it a popular choice for classical guitar.
This broad leave evergreen tree is native to Eastern Australia. It grows fast when young, but considerably slows down later. It grows preferably in rain forests, but occasionally also in subtropical and dry forests, as it can withstand drought but not frost. This hardwood is relatively soft and light, but has figuring that resembles lace, hence lacewood. It is used for building fine furniture, and musical instruments, particularly guitars. It used to be common also for external window joinery before the advent of aluminum.
Australian blackwood, is an Acacia species native in eastern Australia. The species is also known as Sally wattle, lightwood, hickory, mudgerabah, Tasmanian blackwood, black wattle or blackwood acacia.
This is the perfect timber for fine furniture, joinery or a feature floor / furniture piece.
Boasting a variety of colours ranging from light golden-brown to deep brown (sometimes with a reddish tint) and occasionally showing black streaks, the timber radiates a subtle beauty that makes it irresistible to Tasmanian designers. Additional character results from the grain of the wood, which can be straight or wavy with a natural lustre. Blackwood is very stable and long lasting, and blackwood artefacts are always statements of style and quality.
Tasmanian Myrtle is a dominant species of the cool temperate rainforest, found in the north-west and west of the state, though small communities thrive on the Tasman Peninsula and South Bruny Island. It can attain heights of up to 50m and ages in excess of 500 years.
A striking wood with rich red, brown, and almost orange tones and makes an excellent finishing timber, it is believed the richness of colour comes from the quality of the organic soil it grows in. The deepest red myrtle comes from highly fertile soils on basalt. The colour is vibrant, combining subtle variations in tone with the texture and sheen of wavy and fiddleback features to produce a surface alive with character and individuality. Taking a deep lustre when polished, Myrtle is prized by architects and furniture makers alike.