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.
Density kg/m3 dry 170 Hardness (janka) kN 0.4 Colour Greyish white Finish Good Stability Good Durability Non-durable Availability Available