Naturally Timber uses only naturally felled, plantation-grown or reclaimed species. Here are our most commonly used timbers, however we source others for specific requirements.
BOTANICAL NAME: Juglans nigra.
COLOUR: Dark brown to purplish-black.
CHARACTERISTICS: Widely distributed throughout central and eastern USA. Used mainly for decorative veneers, but also sought-after for fine furniture. Moderately hard with a course texture that’s easily worked. Usually fine-grained and finishes well, taking an excellent polish.
BOTANICAL NAME: Tristiana Conferta.
COLOUR: Pinkish-grey to rich reddish-brown. Reclaimed timber tends to have a deeper and richer colour, depending on age and exposure.
CHARACTERISTICS: Large hardwood tree native from the NSW Central Coast to the Qeensland North-East Coast. Silicate in cells contributes to weather and decay resistance, especially suitable for outdoor furniture. Reclaimed timber is sourced from old wharves, railway carts and sleepers.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cambia.
COLOUR: Rich brown due to carbon content, but varies depending on treatment temperature and time (see below).
CHARACTERISTICS: Cambia is a heat treament process that improves decay resistance and dimensional stability, making oak more durable and less likely to distort. It also extends the life of finishes.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cinnamomum camphora.
COLOUR: From light brown to deep roasted brown, often streaked with darker brown or red. Sapwood ranges from near-white to dark browns and reds.
CHARACTERISTICS: Interlocked moderately fine grain with an even texture. Used for tables, benchtops, shelves, lining boards and turned or hand-carved bowls.
BOTANICAL NAME: Fagus Sylvatica
COLOUR: Ranges from goldish-brown to light pinkish-cream.
CHARACTERISTICS: A popular commercial timber for furniture, decorative detailing, flooring and veneer on musical instruments. The grain is straight with a fine and even texture, making the timber harder than Oak after seasoning but not difficult to work, and suitable for steam bending.
BOTANICAL NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.
COLOUR: Pinkish to pale brown with reddish-brown streaks, becoming darker and more uniform with exposure to light.
CHARACTERISTICS: Torn and chipped grain is common with figured material. Easy to work by hand and with machine tools, easy to finish and polish. Can be sliced and rotary cut into fine veneer.
BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus paniculata & Eucalyptus siderophloia.
COLOUR: From light grey to light chocolate, sometimes with darker reds and browns.
CHARACTERISTICS: Eucalyptus paniculata grows from the NSW far south coast to north of Coffs Harbour. Eurcalyptus siderophloia grows from southern coastal NSW to just north of Brisbane in Queensland.
BOTANICAL NAME: Pseudotsuga menziesii.
COLOUR: Light yellow to medium brown.
CHARACTERISTICS: Native to eastern USA and plantation-grown in Australia. A popular softwood used for building frames, floors and cabinets. Adds a rustic look to furniture, especially with knotholes and nail and putty marks from reclaimed timber.
RIVER RED GUM
BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus Camaldulensis Dehnh.
COLOUR: Pinkish red to deep red
CHARACTERISTICS: Australia’s most common eucalypt. Grows along the rivers and streams of the Murray Darling basin. Durability and termite resistance make it popular for heavy duty applications. Hardness and interlocking grain make it difficult to work, yet enduring with a beautiful lustrous finish. Often reclaimed from old railway sleepers, wharves and mine shafts for re-use in furniture manufacturing.
SPOTTED GUM (LEMON-SCENTED EUCALYPT)
BOTANICAL NAME: Corymbia Maculata.
COLOUR: Light honey to dark brown with grey tones and occasional purple streaks.
CHARACTERISTICS: Among the world’s hardest timbers, suitable for structural and high-impact applications, such as tool handles. The attractive grain can have a fiddleback pattern and gum veins.
SYDNEY BLUE GUM
BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus Globulus
COLOUR: Pale pinkish straw to blue/greenish brown.
CHARACTERISTICS: Native to south-eastern Australia, but also plantation-grown in other countries. Grain structure varies, but mostly wavy and fiddleback. Exceptional strength makes it ideal for furniture. Traditionally used for heavy construction (eg. bridges and and railway sleepers).
BOTANICAL NAME: Acacia Melanoxylon
COLOUR: Light brown to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish tint and black streaks.
CHARACTERISTICS: Wattle hardwood, native to Tasmanian wetlands. A favourite for furniture because of its high resilience and ease to work. The attractive irregular grain can be finished into a smooth and lustre.
WEST AUSTRALIAN JARRAH
BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus Marginata.
COLOUR: Dark red to dark brown.
CHARACTERISTICS: Unique to Western Australia, and highly regarded worldwide for its hardness, durability and resistance to fire and termites. Used for heavy-duty construction, it has a course texture that yields a rich colour after finishing.