Tasmanian Oak, or Australian oak, refers to the hardwood produced by three trees: Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus obliqua or Eucalyptus delegatensis, when it is sourced from the Australian state of Tasmania.
The hardwood timber is light-coloured, ranging from straw to light reddish brown. It is used for furniture, in construction, including panelling and flooring, and also for reconstituted board and high quality paper.
American Oak is an imported plantation hardwood, it has a great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content.
It is very popular worldwide for its use in furniture, flooring and joinery thanks to its very appealing grain markings, particularly when quarter sawn.
Its colour ranges from blonde to light brown and can age to a more grey colour over time. American Oak is generally a very clean timber with a tight fine grain.
Spotted Gum is an hardwood of very common occurrence growing in an area ranging from the New South Wales/Victorian border to the Maryborough district in Queensland.
It is quite a tall tree up to 50 metres in height. The tree sheds elliptical strips of bark as it weathers and the resultant mottled or spotted appearance lends itself to its common name.
The heartwood colour range is quite broad from very pale browns through to very dark brown. The sapwood is distinctly paler. The grain is often interlocked and generally features some ‘fiddleback’ figure. This wavy type grain may be quite distinctive.The frequent presence of wavy grain produces an attractive fiddleback figure.
Eucalyptus pilularis, known as Blackbutt, is a common and dominant tree of the family Myrtaceae native to southeastern Australia.
A significant commercial species, blackbutt is well regarded by foresters for the high quality of timber, easy regeneration and quick growth. Uses include making poles, railway sleepers, flooring, building framework, cladding, joinery, lining boards, wood chipping, decking and furniture.
This timber can range in colour from golden yellow to pale brown and occasionally with a slight pinkish tinge. It generally has quite a few markings with visible knots and unique grain detail.
Fagus sylvatica, the European Beech or common beech, is a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family Fagaceae.
The wood of the European beech is used in the manufacture of numerous objects and implements. Its fine and short grain makes it an easy wood to work with, easy to soak, dye,varnish and glue. Steaming makes the wood even easier to machine. It has an excellent finish and is resistant to compression and splitting. Milling is sometimes difficult due to cracking and it is stiff when flexed.
It is particularly well suited for minor carpentry, particularly furniture. From chairs to parquetry (flooring) and staircases, the European beech can do almost anything.