Timbers & Finish

Our lighting range is available in a variety of timbers. We primarily use Australian hardwoods sourced from Australian suppliers. We also use rare and imported timber species which are sourced in small batches or sourced locally from fallen logs and specialist suppliers. Please contact us if you are after a particular timber of finish for your project.

 

Australian Timbers

  Victorian Ash  (Eucalyptus Regnans)  Victorian Ash takes its name from the fact that it grows in the alpine areas of Victoria and Tasmania.  Victorian ash timber usually has a straight grain but may also produce fiddleback markings and have visible gum veins. It has a course texture. The heartwood ranges from pale pink to yellowish brown. The heartwood is often indistinguishable in colour from the sapwood.

Victorian Ash
(Eucalyptus Regnans)

Victorian Ash takes its name from the fact that it grows in the alpine areas of Victoria and Tasmania.

Victorian ash timber usually has a straight grain but may also produce fiddleback markings and have visible gum veins. It has a course texture. The heartwood ranges from pale pink to yellowish brown. The heartwood is often indistinguishable in colour from the sapwood.

  Tasmanian Blackwood   (Acacia Melanoxylon)   Blackwood is a medium-sized Australian hardwood that grows from eastern South Australia to southern QLD coastal areas. In the wetter areas of Tasmania it is grown in large volumes.  It is definitely an ‘appearance timber’, with a heartwood that is a rich golden brown. This is sometimes complimented by reddish streaks or a narrow band of darker colour, indicative of the growth rings. The sapwood is much paler in appearance. Blackwood has a medium and even texture. Its grain can either be straight or have a wavy fiddleback pattern.

Tasmanian Blackwood
(Acacia Melanoxylon)

Blackwood is a medium-sized Australian hardwood that grows from eastern South Australia to southern QLD coastal areas. In the wetter areas of Tasmania it is grown in large volumes.

It is definitely an ‘appearance timber’, with a heartwood that is a rich golden brown. This is sometimes complimented by reddish streaks or a narrow band of darker colour, indicative of the growth rings. The sapwood is much paler in appearance. Blackwood has a medium and even texture. Its grain can either be straight or have a wavy fiddleback pattern.

  Spotted Gum  (Corymbia Maculata, Corymbia Citrodora, Eucalyptus Henryi)  Spotted gum is one of Australia’s premium native hardwoods with a striking appearance and a high degree of natural durability and strength. Spotted gum is the common name for four species that grow along the east coast of Australia, from northeast Victoria to the northern tablelands of Queensland, with some occurrence in western areas of southern Queensland.  The heartwood ranges from light brown through to dark red-brown hues. Sapwood is usually white to light brown in colour. The presence of a wavy grain can produce an attractive fiddle-back figure. 

Spotted Gum
(Corymbia Maculata, Corymbia Citrodora, Eucalyptus Henryi)

Spotted gum is one of Australia’s premium native hardwoods with a striking appearance and a high degree of natural durability and strength. Spotted gum is the common name for four species that grow along the east coast of Australia, from northeast Victoria to the northern tablelands of Queensland, with some occurrence in western areas of southern Queensland.

The heartwood ranges from light brown through to dark red-brown hues. Sapwood is usually white to light brown in colour. The presence of a wavy grain can produce an attractive fiddle-back figure. 

  Northern Silky Oak  (Cardwellia Sublimis)  Heartwood is a light to medium reddish brown with grey to light brown rays. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in  quartersawn  pieces, (such as  Sycamore ), Silky Oak has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quartersawn; this is due to the wood’s large  rays , whose  layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the endgrain.

Northern Silky Oak
(Cardwellia Sublimis)

Heartwood is a light to medium reddish brown with grey to light brown rays. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quartersawn pieces, (such as Sycamore), Silky Oak has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quartersawn; this is due to the wood’s large rays, whose  layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the endgrain.

  Western Australian Jarrah  (Eucalyptus Marginata)  Jarrah is a unique Australian hardwood renowned for its versatility. Jarrah trees grow on the iron and aluminium rich plains of south-western corner of Western Australia, from the ranges east of Perth down to Albany.   Jarrah timbers reflect the hues of the Western Australian landscape. The heartwood varies in colour from rich reds to browns, while sapwood ranges from a pale yellow to orange. The texture of the timber is moderately coarse and even-textured grain, although some interlocked, wavy grain may feature, creating interesting fiddle-back figure.

Western Australian Jarrah
(Eucalyptus Marginata)

Jarrah is a unique Australian hardwood renowned for its versatility. Jarrah trees grow on the iron and aluminium rich plains of south-western corner of Western Australia, from the ranges east of Perth down to Albany. 

Jarrah timbers reflect the hues of the Western Australian landscape. The heartwood varies in colour from rich reds to browns, while sapwood ranges from a pale yellow to orange. The texture of the timber is moderately coarse and even-textured grain, although some interlocked, wavy grain may feature, creating interesting fiddle-back figure.

 

INTERNATIONAL TIMBERS

  White Mahogany  (Brosmium Alicastrum)  Sapwood about 40cm wide, pale yellowish-white or pinkish-yellow. Heartwood is yellowish, yellow-light brown. FSC Rated

White Mahogany
(Brosmium Alicastrum)

Sapwood about 40cm wide, pale yellowish-white or pinkish-yellow. Heartwood is yellowish, yellow-light brown.
FSC Rated

  Pacific Jarrah  (Manilkara Bidentata)  Pacific Jarrah is a distinct timber with similar properties to Western Australian Jarrah. It has a pale sapwood and dark red-brown heartwood, with medium lustre and fine texture. Pacific Jarrah typically has a lighter colour than Western Australian Jarrah. It is grown sustainably and imported from South America and has a FSC rating. 

Pacific Jarrah
(Manilkara Bidentata)

Pacific Jarrah is a distinct timber with similar properties to Western Australian Jarrah. It has a pale sapwood and dark red-brown heartwood, with medium lustre and fine texture. Pacific Jarrah typically has a lighter colour than Western Australian Jarrah. It is grown sustainably and imported from South America and has a FSC rating. 

  White Oak  (Quercus Alba)  The sapwood of American white oak is light coloured and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure. Also known as Northern White Oak, Southern White Oak. White Oak is grown in North America and has an FSC Rating

White Oak
(Quercus Alba)

The sapwood of American white oak is light coloured and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure. Also known as Northern White Oak, Southern White Oak.
White Oak is grown in North America and has an FSC Rating

  European Beech  (Fagus Sylvatica)  Heartwood pale brown, sapwood creamy and not clearly distinguishable. The heat of kiln drying can change the colour of the heartwood to reddish brown. Texture fine and even. Grain usually straight. The ends of the large rays give a characteristic fleck to the tangential surface. Also known as Beech.  European Beech is sustainabiliy grown in Europe and has an FSC Rating. 

European Beech
(Fagus Sylvatica)

Heartwood pale brown, sapwood creamy and not clearly distinguishable. The heat of kiln drying can change the colour of the heartwood to reddish brown. Texture fine and even. Grain usually straight. The ends of the large rays give a characteristic fleck to the tangential surface. Also known as Beech.  European Beech is sustainabiliy grown in Europe and has an FSC Rating. 

LINKS

http://www.australiansustainabletimbers.com/

https://au.fsc.org/en-au/buy-fsc-certified/timber

http://www.naturallybetter.com.au/

https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/

http://www.brittontimbers.com.au/