A favourite Tasmanian hardwood, Blackwood is a timber that is easily worked and favoured by furniture makers and craftspeople alike.

Grown in the wetter areas in Tasmania the trees can reach heights up to 40 metres. Blackwood is definitely an “appearance” timber with a heartwood that is a rich golden brown. It has a medium and even texture, and its grain can either be straight or have a wavy fiddleback pattern, the latter being highly valued for furniture and veneers. With endearing qualities, it is easy to nail and glues particularly well. A smooth polished finished can be achieved making Blackwood ideal for furniture.


  • Furniture

  • Cabinetry

  • Joinery

  • Flooring

  • Boating



Density (kg/m3) unseasoned 640

Strength Group - unseasoned S4

Radial Shrinkage % 1.5

Lyctid Susceptible Sapwood, yes

Colour Light straw, aging to dull yellow

Grain Mainly straight, can be wavy in a fiddleback pattern

Nailing Good, pre-drilling recommended

Sawing Excellent

Turning Excellent

Gluing Good

Density (kg/m3) seasoned 870

Strength Group - seasoned SD4

Tangential Shrinkage %  4.0

Durable Recommended for internal use

Texture Even and medium

Screwing Pre-drilling recommended

Moulding Excellent

Bending Fair to very good

Finishing Excellent