Wood Library

Here are some of the woods that we've used in our products over the years, we'll keep this page up to date as we add new species to our collection.

Jarrah

Jarrah is historically known as “Swan River Mahogany”, and is a member of the Myrtle family. native to Western Australia, it’s a hard, dense timber that has been historically used in cabinetmaking, joinery, and even heritage railway sleepers! In every antique store throughout Western Australia, you will find bespoke pieces of more than a century old, made from this beautiful timber, which varies in colour from a light pinkish hue to a deep dark red colour.

Blackbutt

Blackbutt timber is a popular eucalyptus, native to the middle eastern coast of Australia. The trees grow upwards of 40m (131ft) tall, and produce rich, black veins in the wood. So loved by Australians, even the flooring of the Parliament House building in the nation’s capital is made of the stunning timbers. Traditionally used in feature decorating in homes, the black veins and soft gold hue in the wood make it incredibly versatile and attractive.

Tasmanian Blackwood

Tasmanian Blackwood is a native Acacia tree that grows on the southern islands of Australia. It often produces a stunning fiddleback curl in the wood, which evokes the sense of looking at the ripples of water from underneath the waves. The wood itself can range from a medium gold to a deeper mahogany, but is instantly recognisable from the black veins that streak throughout the wood. Blackwood has a reputation for being incredibly luxurious, and inspires use in fine furniture and joinery throughout Australia.

Maple Silkwood

Maple Silkwood, also known as rose silkwood, can be found throughout the northern parts of Queensland, and even across the ocean in New Guinea. Silkwood is often found shading the abundant parkland throughout the north of the country, with small red flowers year-round. Maple Silkwood is instantly identifiable by the abundant curling throughout the timber, and it is highly desirable by luthiers in the production of top-of-the-line acoustic guitars.

Queensland Maple

Not a true member of the Maple family, Queensland Maple is more closely related to citrus species. Ranging from a reddish brown to a light buttery yellow, maple will darken with age as the wood matures. Unlike other native Australian hardwoods, Queensland Maple does not mark it’s age with growth rings. Mostly used in furniture production and cabinetry, you can also find it in musical instruments, providing excellent tone to premium acoustic guitars.

New Guinea Rosewood

Now one of the most sought-after construction timbers in Australia, New Guinea Rosewood is an exceptionally durable hardwood. You can find it in abundance in Papua New Guinea, and throughout South-East Asia. When the wood is milled, it produces a pleasing aroma that persists on the wood after finishing. The burls are highly prized in Europe for furniture craftsmanship, and are found with highly figured patterns in the wood.

Swamp/Southern Mahogany

Swamp Mahogany is an incredibly fast-growing eucalyptus that is found in the waterlogged soils of eastern Australia. Living for up to 200 years, the trees often regrow from buds following regenerative bushfires. The broad, green leaves of the tree form a dense canopy, and are a staple food source for local koalas. The hardy and dense timber has a deep pink to red-brown colour, and is traditionally used in cabinetry, flooring, and decking, preferred for its distinct colouration.

Australian Red Cedar

Red Cedar is one of the rare native deciduous trees of Australia, where leaves fall during cooler months. The timbers have a distinct pink to red colouration, that contains abundant resin in the wood. An incredibly hardy tree, the Red Cedar can survive incredibly harsh conditions, like drought, fire, and frost. Named Red Gold by European settlers, it was prized for its use in furniture and boat building, with more modern applications extending into guitar tops and feature joinery.

Silky Oak

Silky Oak has widely grown throughout Australia as an ornamental tree for over 100 years. The timber has a beautiful silky texture with abundant curling, and a rich amber colour. Being incredibly hardy, it is drought tolerant, and can flourish in a wide range of climates. The trees drip an incredibly sweet nectar and the wood finds common uses today in specialised woodworking, cabinetry, and centrepiece furniture items.

Sheoak

Western Australian Sheoak is not an oak, as the name suggests, but more resembles a tall shaggy tree covered in needle-like branchlets. The indigenous people of Australia would use Sheoak as soft bedding for babies to rest and play as the branchlets are avoided by snakes, and would make boomerangs out of the timber, as the wood is hard and strong. Sheoak is typically pale yellow, with an even and fine grain and simple streaky figuring in the wood.

Tuart

Tuart is one of the six forest giants of the Australian southwest, with the largest Tuart forest in the world originally populating the current township of Perth. The timber is honey-golden, and has a clean grain pattern that combines well with other timber species. As a durable hardwood, Tuart is often used as a feature timber in railway carriages and boatbuilding.

Marri

Marri is named from the Noongar people of South-Western Australia, and the tree played a significant role in traditional indigenous culture. Marri is a beautiful bloodwood that produces dark red gum that contrasts with the more honey colour of the wood. Conventionally employed in furniture and flooring, you can also find Marri in boating, sporting accessories, and cabinetry finishes.