Huon Pine
Ageless Beauty
Lagarostrobos franklinii (formerly Dacrydium franklinii)

 

Huon Pine is considered to be the “king” of Tasmanian timbers and one of the earliest trees to evolve in Tasmania. Its richness of colour and figure make it one of the world’s most desirable furniture and veneering timbers, it has been used in ship-building in Tasmania since 1815’s as it works well and finishes beautifully, and is highly valued as a timber for fine furniture. A slow growing tree, reaching up to 40 metres in height, Huon Pine is very much sought after by craftsmen and artisans because of its unique beauty. A truly timeless treasure.

Technical Data

Common Name

Huon Pine

Scientific name

Lagarostrobos franklinii

Tree size

20-30m tall, 0.6-1.2m trunk diameter.

Colour / Appearance

Varies from light yellow to golden or reddish brown. Darker reddish brown streaks are common in Dacrydium species.

Grain / Texture

Grain is straight or sometimes wavy. Texture is fine and uniform. Moderate natural luster.

End grain

Resin canals absent; earlywood to latewood transition moderately abrupt, colour contrast medium.

Rot resistance

Varies depending on species and application. Generally regarded as having good durability in marine applications, though Dacrydium spp. are rated as non-durable in applications of direct ground contact.

Workability

Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though wood with wavy or knotty grain can be slightly problematic. Glues, finishes, and turns well.

Odour

Has a unique resinous odour when being worked often compared to a dentists surgery.

Availability

Being that Huon Pine is slow growing, with the trees not reproducing until they are several hundred years old, supplies are limited and expected to only decrease in the future.

Common uses

Furniture, turned objects, flooring, veneer, and boatbuilding.

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