Tallowwood is one of the most naturally tough timbers against termite and rot resistance. It has been a very well known Eastern Australian wood for being strong and durable with high visual grade. The colour is normally a warm-blonde honey colour with a tinge of olive green.
Tallowood is a moderate to large tree growing in wet sclerophyll forests in coastal regions of NSW and Queensland. This allows Tallowwood timber to be highly resistant to decay and it can withstand damp and wet conditions.
Tallowwood timber exhibits exceptional durability in both in-ground and aboveground applications, where life expectancy is greater than 35 and 40 years, respectively.
Tallowwood ranges in colour from a pale to dark yellowish-brown, with an occasional olive green hue. The grain is often interlocked and the texture is moderately coarse but even.
Although Tallowwood is a eucalypt species, it possesses an unusual distinguishing characteristic of a complete absence of gum veins within the wood. Additionally, Tallowwood possesses a distinctive lustre and ‘greasy’ appearance. The greasy nature of the timber may make gluing difficult, however Tallowwood is an overall reasonably easy timber to work with.
Historically, Tallowwood has been used for bearings, mallet heads, mauls, wheel spokes and tool handles. Current engineering applications include wharf and bridge constructions.
Generally, Tallowwood is an extremely strong and durable timber, widely used in external applications such as decking and cladding.
Other applications for Tallowwood are: