River Red Gum
Timber type: River Red Gum
Dimensions: 2870 x 420 x 30
Price: $512 INC GST
Suggestion: Contemporary Bar Top
Despite being wide-spread across the world, the River Red Gum had its humble beginnings on red-scorched Australian soil. Before settlement, Aboriginals used the River Red Gum for everything; from canoes to sacred Corroboree trees. This is the Eucalyptus tree depicted in most Australian outback paintings and photographs.
It can grow up to 45 meters in height. The tree plays an important role in stabilising inland river beds, as the roots clutch to the soil and reduces flooding, hence the ‘River’ side of the name.
The bright and vibrant shading of red timber from the tree forms the second half of the name. Depending on the age and weathering of the timber, colour can range from light pink to ferocious blood red.
In the 1980’s a couple of Red Gum trunks were found were discovered buried deep in a swamp. The timber was as perfect as the day it fell, despite it being 5,000 years ago. The only thing that had changed was the colour, going from a dark red to almost pitch black.
River Red Gum used to be used for fencing and sleepers but most recently people have been appreciating beauty for beauty’s sake, making craft furniture that celebrates the fiddle back texture of the wood.
This wood is quite hard and positively shines under a polish.
The tree is a class above the rest, with plantations occurring in Argentina, Arizona, Brazil, California, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.
If you want a wood that makes a bold statement while still maintaining a distinctly Australian tone, this is it.
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