Australian Hardwood - Spotted Gum
Posted on February 25 2020
We are getting a lot of requests for Spotted Gum pieces at Wildwood, so we thought we’d give a quick run down on one of Australia’s premium hardwoods.
This Australian Native grows along the east coast of Australia; from the Victoria / New South Wales border all the way to Maryborough area of Queensland. It’s smooth bark and spotted colours ascending the trunk make it an attractive choice as an ornamental tree planted throughout Australia.
Growing straight and slender, the tree loses its bark in patches that give it that ‘spotted’ look. Spotted Gum has a dynamic palette, it’s colour can vary from a light brown, deep caramel, chocolate and even dark red-brown hues; It has an everchanging grain that waves and curls, which can sometimes create a fiddleback feature; the Fiddleback characteristic, when the grain has extremely tight curls, gets its name from the wood grain generally used on the back of violins, cellos and the like.
Most hardwoods have a measure of fire resistance and Spotted Gum is no exception. Which is beneficial as a construction material in bushfire prone areas. This timber can be, and is, used for a plethora of applications. From framing to flooring. Boat building to tool handles. And, of course, from cabinet making to woodturning.
Spotted Gum is a truly versatile timber and we are proud to use an Australian Hardwood here at Wildwood Designs.