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Tuart Eucalyptus gomphocephala
HARD, PALE AND AUSTRALIAN
Though tuart used to be valued for making wagon wheels and propeller blades, it has declined significantly because so much of the tuart forest in Western Australia was cleared for grazing. It is a very heavy lumber without much patterning, but it has an intriguing color and some figure, and a grain that is largely straight but slightly interlocking. Tuart is often favored for making items that demand strength, because it is resistant to splitting.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Sources Western Australia
Color Pale brown or tan, with some light and dark reddish streaks
Texture Medium and even
Grain Straight but slightly interlocking
Hardness Very hard
Weight Very heavy (64 lb./cu. ft.) (1020 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Very limited supply in Australia, let alone elsewhere, though not particularly expensive. Certified supplies are unlikely to be found.



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