By Karryn & Dean
Also known as: Victorian Ash, Mountain Ash, Alpine Ash, Gum-topped Stringybark, Australian Oak, Whitetop Stringybark, White-top, Woollybutt, Blue Leaf, Mountain White Gum.
Tasmanian Oak refers to the hardwood produced by three trees - Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus obliqua or Eucalyptus delegatensis, when it is sourced from Tasmania. These species actually grow in the mountainous areas of Tasmania, Victoria and south east NSW. E. delegatensis occurs at higher altitudes, while E. regnans is found in wetter sites; E. obliqua has a wide distribution, occurring in wet forests but also extending into drier areas.
Eucalyptus regnans | Source: A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus
It is a versatile timber perfect for both construction and interior applications, including flooring, paneling, architraves and skirting boards.
Warm, dense and resilient, Tasmanian Oak is the preferred hardwood for a wide range of applications. It works extremely well and produces an excellent finish. It can be used in all forms of construction and in interior applications such as paneling and flooring. It can be glue-laminated to cover long spans. Veneers, plywood and engineered products are also available. It is also a popular furniture timber, and its fibre is sought after for reconstituted board and production of high quality paper.
Tasmanian Oak is light in colour, varying from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink.
This species is normally sold quarter sawn, which results in a straight, even grain.
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A strong and stable timber, Tasmanian Oak offers good all round workability. It planes, sands, finishes and glues well, and will readily steam and bend. This makes Tasmanian Oak ideal for internal applications and furniture.
It is also recognised for it's excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings.
Tasmanian Oak is marketed under different names depending on where it is being sold. In Victoria and NSW it is also sold under the trade name Victorian Ash.