Blackwood – Tasmanian

Size of tree and type of forest/location: A medium sized hardwood of occasional occurrence in tableland areas in South Australia but the only areas of considerable commercial yield are the wetter districts of Tasmania.

Description of wood: Heartwood golden brown, often with narrow bands of darker colour indicative of the growth rings. Sometimes reddish streaks are also present. Sapwood distinctively paler. Texture medium and even. Grain usually straight but sometimes wavy producing a fiddleback figure.
Dry density kg/m3: 870

Workability: Easy to work. Good for steam bending. Nails and glues well. The sanding dust is irritant to skin and bronchial tubes of some people.

Durability: Class 3

Use: Furniture, decorative veneer, panelling, carving, turnery, flooring and boatbuilding.

Availability: Confined to relatively small sizes.