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Different timbers in your property

In the wide world of timbers, there are limitations depending on what type of timbers you have. Coming with pros and cons, we recommend our clients to understand what type of timber they have so we can set expectations and parameters.

Tasmanian Oak

(Eucalyptus delegatensis / Eucalyptus regnans / Eucalyptus obliqua)

The name Tasmanian Oak is used to describe three species of Eucalypt commonly found in Tasmania. Together they produce a blend of beautiful colouring from pale cream to pink and reddish-brown.

Our experiences:

Tassie oak is very versatile, and for us, it can take stains, lime washes and sometimes bleaches to get a desired colour.


Spotted Gum

(Eucalyptus maculata)

The word "spotted" refers to the soft mottled colour caused by weathering of the outer tree as it sheds elliptical strips of bark. This colour varies from pale grey browns and soft creams to a rich chocolate brown. A very tough timber, its frequent wavy grain can produce an attractive and highly valued fiddle back effect.

Our experiences:

While many clients love the grain and unique patters it creates, there is a distinctive redness which we normally apply bleach to remove then colourise with another lime wash to get it brighter without it turning pink.



(Eucalyptus obliqua)

Messmate is a well-known hardwood species that is used in a variety of timber applications but is in high demand as timber flooring due to its beauty. It varies in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach. It is a species that is rich in detail with an even texture and visible growth rings.


Sydney Blue Gum

(Eucalyptus saligna)

A well-known timber found on the east coast of Australia, Sydney Blue Gum has a straight grain that is sometimes interlocked. Its distinctive colour range goes from dark, rich pink through to deep red-brown.

Our experiences:

Similar to Spotted gum, Sydney blue gum sometimes contain reddish pigments which we apply with bleach to remove.



(Eucalyptus pilularis)

Blackbutt is a commonly grown hardwood that has an attractive colouring from cream to pale brown, sometimes with a slight tinge of pink. Its grain is usually straight and its texture is medium and even.



(Eucalyptus marinata)

One of the few commercial species from Western Australia, Jarrah is renowned world-wide for its density, resistance to insect attack and beautiful rich red colour which deepens over time into a soft burgundy. Jarrah’s beautiful colouring and exceptional hardness are a perfect combination for commercial and residential flooring.

Our experiences: This is a very red timber, and bleach is normally always required to get anywhere away from a pinkish colourisation. Normally we combine with a white lime wash to create a blond-ish jarrah flooring.


Brush box

(Lophostemon confertus)

Brush box has long been sought after for its unique properties and aesthetic qualities. It has a fine and even texture with a beautiful, rich colour. It can vary in colour from a pinkish grey to a rich, reddish brown, with the sapwood distinctively paler.

Our experiences:

Brushbox can be bleached, however we also apply stain/ lime wash to get to a desired colour.



(Eucalyptus microcorys)

Tallowwood is a prestigious timber that is sought after by architects. It is an exceptionally durable hardwood species with unique colour and grain structure. The colour of Tallowwood varies from yellowish brown with a tinge of olive green to distinctively paler shades. The grain is even and often interlocked.



(Eucalyptus tenella)

A blend of a number of eucalyptus varieties native to various areas of New South Wales. The texture of stringybark is moderately fine and even with a straight grain. It is generally a light coloured timber ranging from pale yellows through to soft golden hues. The neutral tones of stringybark complement the most modern or traditional of designs and are great for both commercial and domestic applications.



(Eucalyptus diversicolor)

Karri is a lively red colour with overtones from pale pink to rich reddish brown. Karri’s high density and hardwearing qualities make it highly sought after by architects.

If there is any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at or just fill out our online quote form found below if there is an upcoming project that you would like some advice on. We'll try our best to help out as much as we can.

Good luck on your upcoming project!

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