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How to recognize Jarrah Timber

“Eucalyptus marginata, commonly known as jarrah, djarraly in Noongar language and historically as Swan River mahogany” (Wikipedia)

Jarrah grainJarrah is a treasured Australian hardwood, Jarrah trees are generally only found only in south-west Western Australia. Trees will grow to 30 to 40 m in height with diameter at base to 2 m. Renowned for its versatility, durability, strength and beauty it is an ideal timber for homewares.

Jarrah reflects the shades of the Western Australian landscape. The heartwood is rich in colour warm pinks and reds, to darker brick red to browns, while sapwood ranges from a pale yellow to orange. Jarrah, as it ages and is exposed to light will darken

Jarrah homewaresThe grain tends to be straight but can be interlocking or wavy with a medium to coarse texture. Some boards can contain gum pockets or streaks as a naturally-occurring defect. Jarrah can also exhibit a curly figure. The curly grain can be quite spectacular and shimmers when the surface is finished.

Jarrah is used in many applications, from firewood, to the structure and decking of buildings, musical instruments and household furniture and kitchenware. It was even used historically as cobblestone pavers in Fremantle. The jarrah was cut into blocks and coated in tar and then laid as pavers in our streets.

Maintain your jarrah homewares with a mineral oil or orange oil if they come in contact with food. Don’t use vegetable oils as they will eventually go rancid.

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