Stuart was thrilled and proud to be a part of the Great South East Channel 7 feature on Recycled Timber - September 4. When asked by presenter Martin Bowerman what was his favourite timber species, Stuart was quick to reply ..
".Jarrah ; - for its many wonderful properties. It does everything right."
A big statement, with so many wonderful species out there - some we know many we dont know.
So in the spirit of learning, of informing, entertaining and enlightening we shall embark on disovering the wonderful world of trees...
1) Jarrah or Eucalyptus Marginata is one of the most important hardwoods of Australia. "Marginata" relates to the light colored vein around the edge of the leaf. Jarrah is one of many species of Eucalypt. The flowers have a magnificent scent and pollinate every other year. The Jarrah tree is adaptable, using its long complex root and tube system to store carbydrates and other nutrients thus enabling a young Jarrah tree to grow back after a fire and to tolerate and survive in a harsh drought climate.
The Jarrah Tree can live to an amazing 500 years.
It is found principally in the south West of Western Australia. This versatile hardwood grows to an impressive 30- 40 metres in height and a mammoth 2 metres in diameter. Jarrah produces a valuable dark durable timber. In recent years, natural strands of Jarrah have suffered serious damage from a soil fungus which attacks and destroys the fine feeding roots.
The gorgeous deep patinas range form red to deep brown, the texture is course and generally straight grained. Is is for these reasons that we favour using Jarrah in many instances. Its versatilty, ease of machining and adherance to adhesives and polishes and lacquers make this Aussie hardwood a Bywater Design Favourite.