SPECIES

MOUNTAIN ASH

COLOUR / TONE
Mountain Ash is one of the lighter timber options available in Australia perfect for modern, coastal or Scandinavian interior design. The heartwood of Victorian ash ranges from pale pink to yellowish brown, while the sapwood is usually white to light brown.

CHARACTERISTICS
Mountain Ash has a straight grain but may also produce fiddleback markings and visible gum veins while presenting a coarse texture.

APPLICATION
It’s moderate above-ground durability and its consistent even colour means it is best suited for interior applications such as flooring, cupboards, bench tops, high value joinery and furniture.

MESSMATE / STRINGY BARK

COLOUR / TONE
It varies in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach.
The heartwood colour of the Messmate is a light brown, while the sapwood is usually a pale yellow to pale brown.

CHARACTERISTICS
Messmate as a species has rich and warm detail from a characteristics stand point, while offering an an even and moderately coarse texture. The grains are usually straight, yet sometimes interlocking and feature beautifully defined rings. Gum veins are also quite common.

APPLICATION
Messmate timber has moderate hardness and strength, but low durability.
It splits easily and is susceptible to insect (lyctid borer) attack. 
It is relatively easy to glue and work as it bends well. It also will readily accepts stains, paints and polishes but can be difficult to impregnate with preservatives.

MACROCARPA CYPRESS

COLOUR / TONE
The heartwood of this species ranges in colour from light yellow through orange to light brown, with occasional dark brown streaks.

CHARACTERISTICS The grain of a Cypress Pine is generally straight with a very fine and even texture. The presence of numerous tight knots is often a distinctive feature that produces a strikingly decorative figure on exposed faces.
APPLICATION Cypress Pine is a highly durable Australian softwood timber species that is commonly used in quality indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, turnery, joinery, carving and parquetry flooring.

GIPPSLAND MAHOGANY

We currently have in stock the most amazing Gippsland Mahogany Timber Slabs sourced from Melbourne University Dean’s Rose Garden. This log has been carbon dated to be over 200 years old.  It’s part of Melbourne history.

COLOUR / TONE The heartwood of the Gippsland Mahogany usually varies from medium to deep red-brown to a deep rich red, while the sapwood can vary from a yellowish-white to pale brown, through to a similar deep red colour of the heartwood.

CHARACTERISTICS
Mahogany usually has a straight, fine and even grain, rarely will you find voids and pockets.

APPLICATION
Mahogany has long been revered for its durability, strength, and resistance to decay, making it a popular choice for furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, and boat construction.

REDGUM

COLOUR / TONE
The heartwood of the Redgum is usually a brilliant red colouring ranging from pink to almost black, while the sapwood is a similar colour to heartwood, but paler.

CHARACTERISTICS
The Redgum usually has a straight and fine grain.

APPLICATION
Mahogany has long been revered for its durability, strength, and resistance to decay, making it a popular choice for furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, and boat construction.

CAMPHOR LAUREL

COLOUR / TONE
Camphor laurel yields a beautiful, rich honey-coloured timber with a clean, fresh camphor smell.
It’s heartwood varies widely in colour from pale to mid brown and is often streaked with darker brown or red, while the sapwood is very wide and pale brown.

CHARACTERISTICS
Camphor Laurel has an extraordinary strong dark grain which is really accentuated it’s yellow base.

APPLICATION

Camphor Laurel characteristic camphor smell repels moths and other insects, making it perfect for clothes storage cabinets. It also has antibacterial properties prized for use in crafting chopping and carving boards.
It is also recommended for use as slabs in kitchen benchtops, tables and shelves, as well as decorative veneers, internal lining boards and turned or hand-carved bowls.

BLACKWOOD

COLOUR / TONE
Blackwood consists of heartwood and sapwood, which have very different appearances. Sapwood ranges from straw-coloured to pale grey, whereas heartwood is golden to dark, sometimes reddish brown with deep brown to black rings.

CHARACTERISTICS
Blackwood is usually straight-grained but can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. This can produce a particularly striking curly ‘fiddleback’ design when quartersawn.

APPLICATION

Camphor Laurel characteristic camphor smell repels moths and other insects, making it perfect for clothes storage cabinets. It also has antibacterial properties prized for use in crafting chopping and carving boards.
It is also recommended for use as slabs in kitchen benchtops, tables and shelves, as well as decorative veneers, internal lining boards and turned or hand-carved bowls.