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  • accoya ACCOYA
    Pinus Radiata

    Modified wood by process of acetylation. Class 1 Durability-terrific dimensional stability this is the Timber of Tomorrow. Process changes timbers cell structure so it loses ability to absorb moisture thereby making it very durable and far more stable than most timbers. FSC & PEFC Accredited, 100% Recyclable, Non Toxic.

    USES Cladding, Construction, Decking, Joinery


  • anegre ANEGRE
    Aningeria Altissma

    A tall tree from Africa. Anegre is similar to Tasmanian Oak in colour and hardness. The timber is generally straight grained, however it can sometimes be wavy. Anegre is lustrous and siliceous and is a strong, hard timber. Providing cutting edges are kept sharp Anegre works and turns well with hand or machine tools. It polishes and stains easily.

    USES Construction, Decking, Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thick boards in random width 100mm and wider.

  • arakaria ARAKARIA
    Aracicaria cunninghamii

    Northern softwood from northern New South Wales & Queensland – Plantation Grown. The heartwood ranges from pale yellow to light brown with the sapwood being at times almost white. It is straight grained and fine and even in texture. Arakaria glues well and is easy to work. Its knots however do not machine as easily as Radiata Pine. It has been described as the Premier softwood of Australia-a mixture between Kauri and Radiata Pine. Janka Hardness Rating 3.4 Durability : Class 4

    USES Furniture, Joinery, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thick boards in 150 & 200mm width

  • baltic-pine BALTIC PINE
    Baltic Pine
    Picea Abies

    a softwood also known as Whitewood from various Northern European countries. Baltic Pine has a pale yellowish colour with small tight knots. The sapwood and heartwood are not very different to each other and the timber is lightweight. Baltic works well with sharp tools and gives a good clean finish. Nails, glues and takes all finishes well.

    USES Cabinetry, Flooring, Panelling

    AVAILABILITY 150×25, 150×38, 150×50

  • european-beech EUROPEAN BEECH
    European Beech
    Fagus sylvatica

    one of the most used commercial timbers in the world which grows throughout Europe across to Asia. Original Beech is whitish to light brown in colour. It is common practice to steam Beech which gives a more consistent pinkish colour. It is straight-grained and the grain has a fleck in it not unlike Oak. It is moderately hard on tools but glues and stains easily. Beech may require buzzing as it is often not flat and square on arrival from the mill. Janka Hardness Rating 6.4. ***FSC Certified material is available ***

    USES Cabinetry, Flooring, Joinery, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness – board width 100mm and wider.

  • new-zealand-beech NEW ZEALAND BEECH
    New Zealand Beech
    Nothofagus menziesii

    Also known as Southland Beech this is a medium sized hardwood from the heavy rainfall areas of the north and south islands of New Zealand. Heartwood is pink to reddish whilst sapwood is pale grey. The grain is generally straight and the texture is fine and even. NZ Beech works and turns easily and glues well. Excellent finishes can be obtained after polishing. ***FSC Certified material is available***

    USES Furniture, Joinery, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 150×25, 150×38, 200×38, 150×50, 200×50, 100×100

  • blackwood BLACKBUTT
    Eucalyptus pilularis

    A large hardwood in abundance in coastal forests from Sth NSW to Queensland. Also available in plantation grown material from New Zealand. The heartwood is normally pale brown and the sapwood is distinctly paler. Blackbutt’s heartwood is very durable and has good strength. It can be hard to work but a good finish can be achieved after sanding. If laminating care should be taken to use appropriate glues.

    USES Cladding, Construction, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Staircases

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38 & 50mmm thickness. board width 100, 150, 200mm and sometimes 250&300mm

  • blackwood BLACKWOOD
    Acacia Melanoxylon

    A native of Tasmania and Victoria mainly the heartwood varies from golden honey through to dark brownish with some streaking at times. Sapwood is straw coloured. Grain can sometimes be interlocked but it has a fine texture. Care should be taken to work with the grain but Blackwood turns and machines well and nails and glues easily. Considered by many craftsmen to be the finest of our native furniture timbers.

    USES Flooring, Furniture, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 75, 100, 125, 150mm width boards 25, 38, 50mm thickness

  • sydney-blue-gum SYDNEY BLUE GUM
    Sydney Blue Gum
    Eucalyptus Saligna

    A large Hardwood from Australia’s east coast and plantation growth forests in New Zealand the heartwood is dark pink to red and the sapwood pale yellow. Plantation growth is lighter coloured due to it being younger in age. The heartwood is fairly durable and its strength properties are similar to W. A Karri. It is relatively easy to work and produces a good finish after sanding.

    USES Boat building, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Staircases

    AVAILABILITY 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300mm width 25, 38, 50mm thickness

  • brush-box BRUSH BOX
    Brush Box
    Tristania Conferta

    A huge hardwood from coastal NSW AND Queensland. The heartwood ranges from rich red-brown to pinkish grey with the sapwood being distinctly paler. Brushbox’s tecture is fine and even though its grain is often interlocked. It is usually free of gum vein. It is hard on tools due to it being very dense and hard and the presence Of silica dulls machinery. Care when gluing is required as the timber is waxy and will not take some adhesives.

    USES Cabinetry, Cladding, Flooring, Furniture, Panelling, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 200×25, 150×38, 300×38, 150×50, 300×50

  • bubinga BUBINGA
    Guibourtia Demeusei

    Also known as African Rosewood out of Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire{Africa} Bubinga wood is medium red-brown with lighter red to purple veining and its texture is moderately coarse to even. It works easily with hand or machine tools although interlocked grain can cause tearing. Cutting edges must be kept sharp. Bubinga stains nicely and pre-boring before nailing is recommended.

    USES Cabinetry, Furniture

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • surian-cedar SURIAN CEDAR
    Surian Cedar
    Cedrela Spp [Meliceae]

    A softwood from Malaysia-a substitute for Australian Red Cedar which is no longer available. The heartwood is light red whilst the sapwood is grey-pink. The wood is soft and lightweight. And often has interlocked or wavy grain. Cedar is easy to resaw, crosscut or machine and has a natural lustre which is enhanced by polishing.

    USES Furniture, Joinery, Panelling, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 75mm and wider boards 25, 38, 50mm thickness

  • fijian-cedar FIJIAN CEDAR
    Fijian Cedar
    Myristica Chartacae

    A hardwood from Papua New Guines and Fiji-also known as Kaudamu. The heartwood is pale brown with pink tinting with the sapwood being distinctly paler. The timber is usually straight and has a medium and even texture. Fijian Cedar is easily sawn and machined, providing few problems.

    USES Furniture, Joinery, Turnery, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 100, 150, 200mm wide boards 25, 38, 50mm thickness

  • american-cherry AMERICAN CHERRY
    American Cherry
    Primus Serotina

    A hardwood of Canada and North America from deciduous forest areas which looks similar in appearance to Euro Cherry. The heartwood ranges from reddish brown to red and the timber has a natural close grain and striking grain pattern when backsawn as it is for the furniture trade. It works easily with little blunting for tools and nails, glues, stains and polishes well. Its striking regal grain Cherry is often used in quality areas.

    USES Furniture

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • danta DANTA
    Nesogordonia Papuaerifera

    From Ghana{Africa}Danta has a very fine grain which polishes well and has a dark Mahogany-Brushbox like appearance. It has excellent structural properties and is Class 1 Durability Rated. Danta works well with hand or machine tools and nails and glues easily. It has high bending strength and polishes and stains nicely.

    USES Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Staircases, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • iroko IROKO
    Chlorophora Excelsa

    Grown in West and East Africa, Iroko ranges from golden-orange to brown in colour. It is not unlike Teak in appearance, is fairly durable and machines fairly well with machine and hand tools . It nails and screws well, glues satisfactorily and an excellent finish can generally be obtained using Iroko.

    USES Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • ironbark IRONBARK RED/GREY
    Ironbark Red/Grey
    Eucalyptus paniculata

    Large tough Hardwood from the coastal regions of Eastern Australia a close relative of Jarrah and known the world over for its durability. The heartwood of both species can vary. Grey pale to chocolate brown sapwood is yellow- white. Red – grey to dark red with sapwood pale yellow. Due to high density and interlocking grain both Ironbarks are hard to work – very hard on tooling. Janka Hardness Rating 13-14. Ideal for heavy construction and exterior applications

    USES Cladding, Decking, Flooring, Furniture, Staircases

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • jarrah JARRAH
    Eucalyptus Mareinata

    Found only in Western Australia Jarrah varies in colour in heartwood from pinkish to dark red depending on the age of the timber which darkens with time. The grain is usually straight but can at times be interlocking and the timber can contain gum veins or pockets. It machines relatively well and polishes easily. A durable not easily bruised hardwood of Australia. Janka Hardness Rating 8.5

    USES Construction, Furniture, Joinery, Panelling, Staircases

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100, 125, 150, 200mm

  • kauri KAURI
    Agathis spp

    A medium to large tree which grows on valley bottoms and coastal range slopes from Pacific Islands and Sth East Asia. Kauri varies in colour from pale-yellow brown to pinkish brown. It has a plain appearance and fine even texture. Small rays sometimes give a flecked appearance. It is easy to saw & machine, turns easily and finishes nicely.

    USES Decking, Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board wdith 150, 200, 250, 300mm

  • african-mahogany AFRICAN MAHOGANY
    African Mahogany
    Khaya Ivorensis

    A tall hardwood from Ghana{Africa}-a true mahogany. Heartwood ranges from light pink to reddish brown with sapwood being yellow-brown. Its texture is coarse and it has a distinctive highly figured grain. It is cut in numerous ways resulting in plain, ribbon, fiddleback and swirly grain results. It nails, screws and glues well and polishes nicely to show off its lustrous qualities.

    USES Boat building, Cabinetry, Furniture, Panelling

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • eastern-mahogany EASTERN MAHOGANY
    Eastern Mahogany
    Chukrassia tabularis

    A large Malaysian Hardwood, the sapwood is light yellow-pink brown whilst the heartwood is light red to brown. The grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy. Very strong and moderately durable timber. Eastern Mahogany can be hard to re-saw but planes easily to produce a fairly smooth finish.

    USES Cabinetry, Flooring, Furniture, Staircases


  • fijian-mahogany FIJIAN MAHOGANY
    Fijian Mahogany
    Swietenia macrophylla

    A true mahogany from Fiji and the Pacific Region. PLANTATION GROWN the heartwood ranges from pinkish to pale red, becoming darker on exposure. The sapwood is light pink to yellow brown. The grain is wavy to interlocked and its texture is fairly even. Fijian Mahogany saws and machines easily with occasional furriness. It is an economical alternative to its more expensive cousins{Brazilian and Honduras Mahogany}.

    USES Furniture, Joinery, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • makore MAKORE
    Tiedhella Heckelii

    A large, sought after African Hardwood with its heartwood varying from pink-red to blood red to red brown. The pattern is often straight with some wavy grain and some highly figured. Makore is very hard and durable, possessing good shock resistance. Silica can make it hard to work however a great finish can be achieved after machining. Pre drilling is advised.

    USES Benchtops, Boat building, Cabinetry, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • american-hard-maple AMERICAN HARD MAPLE
    American Hard Maple
    Acer Saccharum

    Known as Rock Maple or Hard Maple this very striking timber. Is fine and even with fine brown lines which give an attractive growth ring figure on plain sawn surfaces. The timber is a pale cream-white colour with a pinkish tinge. It is a very hard wearing timber with high resistab=nce to abrasion and wear. Sharp tools are required-otherwise it stains, glues and polishes satisfactorily.

    USES Cabinetry, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Panelling

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • queensland-maple QUEENSLAND MAPLE
    Queensland Maple
    Flindersia Brayleyana

    A large hardwood on Northern Queensland the heartwood ranges from pink to mid brown, the sapwood being distinctly paler. Its texture is medium and even and occasional interlocked grain causes striped or fiddleback figure. It glues and nails well and is generally easy to work.

    USES Cabinetry, Furniture, Joinery, Panelling, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • merbau MERBAU
    Intsia Palembanica

    A giant hardwood from the islands of Indonesia, Phillipines, Madagascar and Malaysia. The heartwood is yellow-brown when fresh sawn, becoming dark-red brown on exposure. Merbau’s texture is even but coarse and the grain is often interlocked. It has high crushing strength and good exterior durability. has a blunting effect on cutters and gum can tend to collect on saws. Pre boring when nailing is necessary. It can be stained, glued and polished but requires some filling. Merbau holds screws well.

    USES Cladding, Construction, Decking, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Panelling, Screening, Staircases, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY numerous sizes in 25, 38, 50, 75, 100 thickness and posts 125×125 & 150×150

  • silky-oak SILKY OAK
    Silky Oak
    Cardwellia Sublimis

    From the eastern Australia in areas with rainfall of 1100-1600mm annually. Has also been planted in Hawaii, Sri Lanka and Western Samoa. The heartwood is orange-brown and the texture is medium to coarse with straight to wavy grain. Broad rays and dark and light colour banding in the growth rings produce attractive igure with a flecked grain similar to European Beech and American Oak. Silky Oak is easy to work and machines well. It nails without splitting and holds nails and screws well.

    USES Cabinetry

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 75mm and wider

  • pencil-cedar PENCIL CEDAR
    Pencil Cedar
    Palaquium Galactoxylum

    Pencil Cedar{Red Silkwood}grow throughout PNG, Solomon Islands and Northern Queensland. The heartwood is pale pink-brown to brown with medium to even texture. The grain is generally fairly straight and it ios lustrous with no taste or odour. Works well with machinery and tools and polishes nicely.

    USES Furniture, Joinery


  • ponderosa-pine PONDEROSA PINE
    Ponderosa Pine
    Pinus ponderosa

    A large softwood from Western North America, Canada and California. Also known as Yellow Pine. The heartwood ranges from deep yellow to red brown whilst the sapwood is pale yellow. It is easy to work and the plentiful knots are usually sound. It screws and stains well and gives reasonable results in painted and varnish applications.

    USES Cabinetry, Furniture, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • purpleheart PURPLEHEART
    Peltogyne Pubescens

    A heavy timber from Central and South America the heartwood is a uniform purplish-brown colour. A mixture of straight and interlocked grain produces a striped appearance at times. It can be difficult to work – best results are achieved running machine slowly. Spirit finish removes the purple colour, lacquer preserves the colour.

    USES Boat building, Cabinetry, Construction, Flooring, Furniture

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width – wide

  • red-gum RED GUM
    Red Gum
    Eucalyptus camaldulensis

    A hardwood found next to most inland rivers of Australia. Red Gum’s heartwood is red to red-brown, sapwood-paler. Its texture is relatively fine and even though interlocking grain can occur. Gum Veins, sometimes large and deep are considered a feature of the timber. Red Gum turns and machines well with very sharp tooling. Care should be taken when joining to use an appropriate glue.

    USES Benchtops, Cabinetry, Furniture, Joinery, Turnery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100, 150, 200mm

  • new-guiness-rosewood NEW GUINES ROSEWOOD
    New Guines Rosewood
    Pterocarpus Indicus

    Grows throughout Sth East Asia, New Guinea and the Solomons. The tree grows on coastal lowlands and mountain slopes. Heartwood varies from blood red to golden brown-can be like Blackwood in light coloured pieces. Rosewood can get purple streaks through boards-this is considered a feature of this timber. NG Rosewood is Class 1 Durability and is used in the northern states of Australia for exterior joinery especially. Ribbon or flame-like figure can be found wavy grained boards. Janka Hardness Rating 4.7

    USES Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm board width – 75mm and wider

  • sepetir SEPETIR
    Sindora Coriacae/Echinocalyx

    A medium to large hardwood of South East Asia. Sepetirs colour varies from golden to red brown which darkens as it ages. The sapwood is pale grey. Its texture is fairly fine and even and the wood has an oily feel and spicy odour. Due to resin in the timber it can be difficult to work and can be hard on tools.

    USES Cabinetry, Furniture, Veneer/Panels


  • spotted-gum SPOTTED GUM
    Spotted Gum
    Eucalyptus citriodora/maculata

    A large smooth barked long leaved hardwood from Qld/NSW. The heartwood ranges from greyish brown to dark chocolate with the sapwood being paler. The grain is generally wavy and the texture is coarse. A great structural timber it is very hard, dense and strong. I t can be hard on tools but produces a fine finish, When laminating special glue must be used.

    USES Cladding, Construction, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Screening, Staircases

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100, 150, 200, 250, 300mm

  • teak TEAK
    Tectona Grandis

    Teak grows naturally in Burma and Thailand-The heartwood is golden to deep brown and can have dark markings. It is ringporous, with a conspicuous growth ring figure in flat sawn surfaces. Teak has a greasy feel and leathery smell and is often coarse and uneven in texture. Tungsten carbide tips are often necessary for Teak to machine it successfully. It glues well on freshly cut or newly sanded surfaces. It has good technical properties, particularly stability and durability.

    USES Decking, Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 25, 38, 50mm

  • america-black-walnut AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT
    American Black Walnut
    Juglans Nigra

    Grows abundantly in the east half of America except for northern areas. Heartwood varies from grey-brown to chocolate with the sapwood grey-white. Grain varies from plain to highly figured. The wood is moderately heavy, hard and strong and has good shock resistant properties. Walnut works well with hand or machine tools and finishes beautifully when polished. Black Walnut is considered the Aristocrat of the fine cabinetwoods.

    USES Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • american-white-ash AMERICAN WHITE ASH
    American White Ash
    Fraxinus Americana

    A large hardwood of Canada and America-similar to Euro Ash. The heartwood is white-brown in colour sometimes streaked with both. It is generally fairly straight grained, coarse and of even texture. Is shows strong figure due to prominent growth rings. White Ash polishes, turns, stains and glues well.

    USES Boat building, Cabinetry, Flooring, Furniture, Joinery

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 100mm and wider

  • american-white-oak AMERICAN WHITE OAK
    American White Oak
    Quercus Alba

    Indigenous to East USA & Sth east Canada-very similar to European Oak the heartwood is pale yellow to mid brown with the sapwood white. Oak has straight grain and a coarse texture due to a ring-porous structure. It has conspicuous growth figure on flat sawn surfaces and silver grain figure when quarter cut. American Oak machines and moulds, stains and polishes with good results and can be bent after steaming in knot free state. *** AVAILABLE IN FSC CERTIFIED ***

    USES Flooring, Furniture, Joinery, Panelling, Staircases, Veneer/Panels

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider

  • Zerbrano Timber is used for decorative furniture and cabinetry ZEBRANO
    Microberlinia brazzavillensis

    From West Africa the heartwood of Zebrano is a light golden-yellow with narrow streaksof dark brown, which gives quartered surfaces a zebra stripe appearance. The timber can be difficult to work as it has a coarse texture and a lustrous surface. It is a hard stable timber used mainly for decorative purposes.

    USES Cabinetry, Furniture

    AVAILABILITY 25, 38, 50mm thickness board width 150mm and wider