Premium Clear No 1 is the highest grade of imported Western Red Cedar. It is mature containing only the occasional minor defect, which means only a minimal amount of docking is required.
This is a type of mature Western Red Cedar. About half the boards are of the same quality as Premium Clear No 1. The balance of boards may require some pre-selection and docking.
Similar to European Birch. No clear distinction between heartwood sapwood. Colour varies from whitish to a pale shade of brown, often with a pinkish tinge. Fairly plain in appearance although quarter- sawn surfaces sometimes show a growth-ring figure, and where wavy grain is present there is sometimes a mottle figure. The grain varies from straight to wavy, and the texture from medium to coarse
The sapwood and heartwood are almost white to beige with the heartwood having incidences of dark beige to brown features on occasions. Well figured with good strength, elasticity, toughness, stiffness and hardness allied to its light weight
No clear distinction between heartwood and sapwood by colour, which varies from cream to pink/red depending on the amount of steaming the timber is given. The wood is typically straight grained with a fine even texture but varying in density according to the locality of growth
The heartwood ranges in colour from a lustrous golden-brown to reddish-dark brown with a fairly dark brown zone marking the growth rings. The grain is usually straight but may be interlocked or wavy and the texture is medium and even. The wavy grain produces a beautiful fiddle-back figure.
Fine, straight, close grain timber. The heartwood varies in colour from reddish-brown to rich red. The sapwood is yellow. Fine yellow, narrow brown coloured pith flecks and small gum pockets are a common feature. Sawn timber is graded on a one face heart basis
The heartwood is light pinkish-brown. The grain is straight to shallowly interlocked or slightly wavy, of medium texture which is uniform and even.
The wood is hard and of medium weight. It is variable in colour from yellow to fairly dark brown. Grain is typically interlocked. Texture is medium to coarse and even. It has neither taste nor odour. Darkens with age.
Jarrah is an Australian timber that's available in Prime grade only. It is rich in colour, machines well and is ideal for flooring or overlays.
This dense hardwood is available in Select and Better grade. It is used for decking, flooring and overlays.
The heartwood of Malaysian Kauri has a warm tone but it's paler than NZ Kauri. The sapwood is paler yet again. It is suitable for architraves, skirting, features and boat building.
Another NZ native, Matai is traditionally used in flooring and high-end work. When using the heartwood, it is naturally durable, plus it has good machining characteristics. Matai is also available in B Dressing grade, which has a more rustic feel. This type of wood is suitable for high wear and tear flooring.
Tasmanian Oak is a warm, dense and resilient hardwood. It works extremely well and produces an excellent finish. It can be used in all forms of construction as scantlings, panelling and flooring.
American Oak resembles European Oak – it is yellowish to mid brown in colour, and sometimes has a pink tinge. It is used in ship building, and for high-grade furniture, interior woodwork, flooring and overlays.
NZ Exotic. Grown as a renewable plantation resource, clear pine has an excellent clear finish with good building characteristics. It retains stains and treatments well, and has excellent nail holding characteristics. Dressing Grade Pine is also available. It is similar to Clear Pine, except that it carries some features in the wood.
This super-dense NZ exotic timber is traditionally used for hardwood decking, flooring, overlays and wall panelling.
The heartwood is a deep purple-violet colour when freshly cut, maturing to dark brown. The original colour is restored when re-cut. Straight grained, but often irregular, wavy and sometimes interlocked, producing a pleasing striped figure on quartered surfaces. Texture moderate to fine.
Variable, but generally a red brown to blood red colour. Sapwood is white to pale yellow. Grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy, with a moderately coarse and uneven texture. Quarter sawn material has distinct ribbon figure while the back sawn boards produce a flame-like figure. The timber is naturally lustrous. Although a handsome timber, it has neither the density nor the depth of colour of the Rosewood found in South America or India.
Also known as Blue Gum, Saligna is traditionally used for hardwood decking, floors, overlays and hand rails. Available in Premium grade, it is dense and rich in colour.
The wood is medium hard and medium weight. Planed surfaces are mildly lustrous. The heartwood is pinkish-red when freshly cut, darkening to a rich red-brown. The most striking feature is the double spiral grain which produces a very regular stripe or rose figures in quarter sawn material. The texture is fine and even and there is a pronounced cedar-like smell when freshly cut.
Spotted gum comes from the Australian Eucalyptus tree. It is very dense, which makes it suitable for heavy construction, boat ribs, flooring and overlays.
The heartwood is dark golden-yellow darkening with exposure to brown or dark brown. Sometimes figured with dark markings. Can have a greenish tinge when freshly cut. The timber is dull with an oily feel and has a unique scent when freshly cut. The grain varies from straight to wavy depending on origin. The best teak comes from Burma being generally straight grained and uniformly golden. The texture is coarse and uneven
Cream grey heartwood, with a fine even texture. Freshly sawn boards have a leathery odour and the timber is greasy to the touch.
The wood has a fine even texture but a rather coarse grain. The colour is a rich chocolate-brown to purplish-black. The sapwood is pale brown, however with conditioning through steaming the sapwood is coloured to the heartwood shade
The heartwood is dark brown with fine, close blackish veining giving the wood a handsome appearance. A very heavy hardwood, it is straight grained with a coarse texture.
The heartwood is golden brown, with narrow-veining or streaks of dark brown to almost black, giving a zebra stripe appearance. It is fairly hard with good toughness and impact properties.