Timber Species

Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak is the name used for three species of eucalypt hardwoods that are marketed collectively.

E. delegatensis grows at higher altitudes, while E. regnans is found in wetter sites. E. obliqua has a wide distribution, occurring in wet forests but also extending into drier areas. The name Tasmanian Oak was originally used by early European timber workers who believed the eucalypts showed the same strength as English Oak.

Tasmanian Oak colours vary from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink and tonings of green to grey. It is recognised for its excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings.

It can be used in all forms of construction as panelling and flooring, and can be glue-laminated to cover long spans. Veneers, plywood and engineered products are also available. It is also a popular furniture timber.

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Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon )is a member of the wattle family and a hardwood. It occurs throughout Tasmania’s native forests from sea level to 1000m in elevation but it thrives in swamp and riverine areas. It is also a common understorey component of wet eucalypt forest.  

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. Blackwood is easily worked, very stable and long lasting, and Blackwood artefacts are always statements of style and quality.

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Silver Wattle

Silver Wattle, (Acacia dealbata), is closely related to Blackwood, Silver Wattle provides a counterpoint to this darker species. Silver Wattle is a striking light brown to subtle pink timber. Silver Wattle’s lighter tones mean it is increasingly in demand for furniture.

Available in both solid and veneer, the wood is fairly tough. When planed and dressed, it produces a very smooth surface for furniture and polishes well.

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Tasmanian Myrtle

Tasmanian Myrtle, (Nothofagus cunninghamii), although recently reclassified as Lophozonia cunninghamii is found in any of the wet forests across Tasmania, provided that conditions are moist and sheltered, the tree flourishes from sea level to the tree line.

Tasmanian Myrtle is a striking wood with rich red, brown and almost orange tones. It makes an excellent veneer and finishing timber. The deepest red myrtle comes from highly fertile soils on basalt. It is a close grained species with well-defined annual rings but with little latewood.

Myrtle’s fine aesthetic qualities are matched by its working properties. It is particularly easy to work and makes an excellent veneer.  Taking on a deep lustre when polished, Myrtle is prized by architects and furniture makers alike.

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