Harp Australia

Materials

Despite their common names, Australian timbers are not botanically related to northern hemisphere timbers of the same name. However, Australian timbers may have colour or figure similar to northern hemisphere timbers.

Tonality is not affected by the type of wood chosen.

 

austblakwd

Australian Blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon

Honey to chocolate brown with varying grain from very straight to highly figured, the latter now scarce. It has a lustrous appearance.

camfrlaurl

Camphor Laurel, Cinnamomum camphorae

Stripey brown to grey often with interesting figure. Aromatic.

 queenslandmaple

Queensland Maple, Flindersia brayleyana

Light pink to brown. It can have a lustrous appearance with wavy or fiddleback grain and is decorative. Unrelated to northern hemisphere maples.

qrosewd

Queensland Rosewood, Dysoxylum fraseranum

Pink brown to red brown, sometimes with swirling, smells like roses when cut. Not a rosewood but one of the mahogany family.

qldwalnut

Queensland Walnut, Endiandra palmterstonii

Grey to chocolate brown, often of striped appearance, similar in colour to northern hemisphere walnuts.

silkoak

Silky Oak, Grevillea robusta

Light brown, always showing a prominent ray figure similar to oak.

silvash

Silver Ash, Flindersia bourjotiana

Pale straw colour with straight grain, and sometimes a fiddleback wavy figure. Lustrous appearance.

tasmyrt

Tasmanian Myrtle, Nothofagus cunninghamii

Dark pink to honey brown sometimes with birdseye (as shown here) or tiger stripe grain.