Tasmanian Oak Timber Flooring
First prize goes to the reader who can find a Tasmanian Oak tree and send us a cutting! There is, in fact, no such thing as a Tasmanian Oak tree. The name Tasmanian Oak is used to describe a combination of three species of eucalypt commonly found in Tasmania – Alpine Ash, Mountain Ash and Messmate. The reference to Oak originates from early European timber workers who believed it was similar in strength and appearance to English Oak.
Alpine Ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis) grows at higher altitudes, while Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) is found in wetter sites. Messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua) occurs in both wet forests and drier areas. Both Alpine and Mountain Ash are found in Victoria and Tasmania and rank amongst Australia’s tallest eucalypts. Mountain Ash is one of the tallest trees in the world.
Together they produce a blend of beautiful colouring from pale cream to pink and reddish-brown.
The logs are quartersawn to produce an extremely straight and even grain. This also gives excellent dimensional stability, making Tasmanian Oak a good choice for extreme climates or over radiant heat (see our article later in this issue on laying timber floors over radiant heat).
Tasmanian Oak is a very versatile timber. It is popular for all forms of construction including panelling and flooring and has excellent staining qualities. It is a sought-after furniture timber, and is also used for reconstituted board and the production of high quality paper.
Tasmanian Oak Timber Flooring Perth