TIMBER SPECIES & TYPES
Creative Timbers are the specialists to contact for all your timber needs whether it be hardwood or softwood. The species listed are only some of the many kinds we have in stock, please contact us if you need a different timber or if you need more information about the species you want. If necessary we can access supplies of rare timber species.
As a matter of interest, the term 'softwood' and 'hardwood' are purely botanical terms and have nothing to do with the hardness or softness of the timber.
- Clear Hoop Pine - Araucaria cunninhhamii
- Cypress - Callitris glauca
- Finger Jointed Pine
- Radiata - Pinus radiata
- American White Oak - Quercus alba
- Balsa - Ochroma pyramidale
- Blackbutt - Eucalyptus pilularis
- Bolly Silkwood/Tarzali Silkwood - Cryptocarya oblata
- Durian - Durio, Neesia, Coelostegia Spp
- Geronggang - Cratoxylon arborescens
- Jarrah - Eucalyptus marginata
- Jelutong - Dyera costulata
- Kwila/Merbau - Intsia bijuga
- Melunak - Pentace spp.
- Meranti - Shorea sp.
- New Guinea Rosewood - Pterocarpus indicus
- Queensland Maple - Flindersia brayleyana
- Red Cedar - Toona australis
- Sassafras - Doryphora sassafras
- Silky Oak - Cardwellia sublimis
- Spotted Gum - Corymbia maculata
- Surian Cedar / Kalantas - Cedrela calantas
- Sydney Blue Gum - Eucalyptus saligna
- Tallowwood - Eucalyptus microcorys
- Tasmanian Blackwood - Acacia melanoxylon
- Tasmanian Oak / Victorian Ash - Eucalyptus obliqua / Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus delegatensis
- Western Red Cedar - Thuja plicata
Balsa - Ochroma pyramidale
Although balsa is one of the lightest and softest timbers, it is botanically a hardwood! Grown overseas in plantations and imported into Australia, it is used mainly in model making. This material is too soft for structural use. Available in sheets, squares, blocks, rounds and triangles.Learn More
Blackbutt - Eucalyptus pilularis
An Australian hardwood that is commonly used in flooring and has good structural properties. Heartwood is pale brown and sapwood distinctively paler. Texture is medium and even and grain is usually straight. Gum veins are common.Learn More
Bolly Silkwood/Tarzali Silkwood - Cryptocarya oblata
A large hardwood mainly grown in north Queensland. The heartwood is pinkish brown, very similar to Queensland Maple. The grain is straight and texture is even. Has a slightly greasy feel and is easy to work. Bolly silkwood is often used in decorative projects and commonly used as a contrasting colour to lighter timber species.Learn More
Clear Hoop Pine - Araucaria cunninghamii
The ideal native timber, grown in plantations in Queensland. A softwood easy to join, connect, easy to work, turn and mould, superior to Pinus species and is totally safe. Being a versatile timber specie it is used in a variety of applications, such as plywood, furniture, joinery, flooring and panelling.Learn More
Cypress - Callitris glauca
A small-to-medium softwood that is used in many building projects. This includes framework, posts, small poles, chamfer boards, weatherboards, flooring and decking just to name a few. This material is termite resistant which is the reason why it is commonly used for structural purposes. Cypress has a distinctive and strongly persistent odour, straight grain and texture is fine and even.
Durian - Durio, Neesia, Coelostegia Spp
Sapwood is only moderately well defined in Coelostegia but well defined in Durio and Neesia. Heartwood is pink brown, grey brown, brown with a red tinge or light orange brown. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Texture is moderately coarse and even in Neesia but uneven in Durio and Coelostegia. Used for furniture, joinery, panelling and veneers.Learn More
This material is made up of shorter lengths of various pine species and glued together to produce longer lengths of pine usually 5.4m long. This popular timber used in many building applications including door jambs skirtings, architraves, belt rails, picture rails and cornices just to name a few.Learn More
Geronggang - Cratoxylon arborescens
An imported hardwood of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philipines. Geronggang is more consistant in colour than that of the Meranti specie and ranges from a pale pink to a deeper red. Texture is coarse and even and grain is often interlocked. Useful for many applications including internal mouldings for commercial and residential buildings and caravans, furniture, boat building and projects where a contrasting colour to the lighter timber species is required.Learn More
Jarrah - Eucalyptus marginata
A large hardwood of the south-west corner of Western Australia. Heartwood is a rich dark brownish red, sometimes marked by short, dark brown radial flecks on the end grain and boat shaped flecks on flat sawn surfaces which enhance its decorative value. The grain is usually straight but often interlocked or wavy. The texture is even but moderately coarse. Used in flooring, panelling, joinery and furniture.
Jarrah is also available in T&G Flooring.