Why Choose Tasmanian Oak Furniture?
Tasmanian oak furniture is a well regarded natural and sustainable hardwood timber product. It has been used in a wide variety of roles over the years, and it’s an excellent material for making high quality furniture. In this article, we will take a closer look at the properties of Tasmanian oak and explore why it’s such a special hardwood.
Where Does Tasmanian Oak Originate?
Obviously, from the name, it originates in Tasmania, but more specifically the mountainous areas. In fact, Tasmanian oak is a generic term for a group of three virtually identical species of eucalypt hardwoods, and they are named as follows:
- delegatensis or alpine ash: This species occurs at higher altitudes.
- regnans or mountain ash: This species is found in wetter areas.
- obliqua or messmate: This species has a wider distribution, it occurs in wet forests, and it can also extend into drier regions.
Some of the more common names used for these types of hardwood trees are Australian oak, whitetop, blue leaf, whitetop stringybark, and mountain white gum. These Australian hardwoods are well regarded for their versatility; they are used in many exterior and interior applications, such as panelling, flooring, architraves, skirting boards and for making natural hardwood furniture.
What are the Properties of Tasmanian Oak?
Tasmanian oak is strong, dense, warm and resilient and it can produce a wonderful finish when it’s used to make furniture. This natural hardwood has a lighter colouration that ranges from reddish brown through to straw tones, with intermediate shades of pink and pale cream. Tasmanian oak will take a stain very well, and this makes it an ideal wood to match with other timbers, furnishings, and finishes. This type of hardwood is very stable, so it has great workability for planing, sanding, gluing and finishing and it can even take steam and bend. This makes it a fantastic material to build custom furniture for those with the budget to make something truly unique.
How Can You Get Tasmanian Oak for Your Home?
In Australia, Tasmanian oak can be found in most parts of the country, but it may be marketed under different names depending on where you’re located as shown above. Many furniture makers will offer products that are built from natural hardwood. They are well suited to making any type of furniture for those that need timber furniture that will stand the test of time. Obviously, quality does come at a premium and hardwood furniture can be expensive. However, when you compare the price of Tasmanian oak to a more exotic hardwood such as Rosewood or Teak, you will be pleasantly surprised. Because Tasmanian oak is sustainable and grown here in Australia, it can be had for a price that will not break the bank. However, despite being a more economical choice, Tasmanian oak furniture is a practical, beautiful and durable choice for any modern home.
If you’re looking for high quality, Tasmanian Oak timber furniture, get in touch with us here at Jarrimber, and we will be happy to offer you some expert help and advice.