Australian Timber Selection

At Pfitzner furniture we have been using a variety of hardwood timber since 1972. Select from our extensive range of solid timber species. Below is a sample of the different varieties we use  for our customers all across Australia. Most timbers are also available in a selection of colour finishes. We can help you select the right timber for your design and offer a colour match service to our customers and guarantee a perfect match to existing furniture drawer or door sample.

All our timbers are sourced from Environmentally sustainable mills in Australia and and USA, ensuring that the forestry suppliers are compliant with the FSC and PEFC.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Founded in 1993 to raise the standards of forest management and create openness in the timber supply chain through an internationally recognised timber certification process. By 2010 more than 129 million hectares of forest throughout the world had been certified to FSC ® standards in over 79 countries.

FSC ® – Forest Stewardship Council timbers that we offer
American Cherry, American Rock Maple, American Oak, American Walnut.

PROGRAM FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION
Founded in 1999 PEFC is an independent,non profit, non government organisation which promotes sustainable managed forests through independent third-party certification. PEFC has more than 225 million hectares of certified forest under its global umbrella.

PEFC – Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification {inc the Australian Forestry Certification – AFS}
Blackbutt, Blackwood, Jarrah, Fijian Mahogany, Tasmanian messmate, Tasmanian Oak and Victorian Ash.

All our sawdust shavings are collected in a purpose built trailer and used for chickens, plant compost, horse stables and arenas in the Adelaide hills community.

 

American oak

American oak

American Oak has a generally straight grain with some crown, coarse but even texture. It is usually grey-brown and sometimes tinged with red. A native of USA and Canada, ours is sourced from FSC ® – Forest Stewardship Council mills in north-western North America. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 6

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Blackwood

Blackwood

Blackwood or acacia melanoxylon is the tallest of the wattle family, growing up to 50m high. We source ours from Smithton in northwest Tasmania. The natural colour ranges from golden brown to deep brown to reddish-brown. It is considered one of the premium decorative hardwoods with a beautiful depth of colour complementing the fiddleback grain.

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Blackbutt

Blackbutt

Blackbutt comes from plantations in coastal New South Wales and Queensland. It varies in colour from pale to golden brown with a predominantly straight, even grain its perfect for dining table surfaces. It is often marked with gum veins and some surface markings are common. Botanical name Eucalyptus Pilularis. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 9.1,

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Cherry

Cherry

Our cherry comes from plantations in North America. This native hardwood also grows naturally in Europe and has a beautiful figurative character. The colour varies from reddish-brown to either deep red or a lighter reddish-brown. Our timbers are sources by mills complying to FSC ® – Forest Stewardship Council in North America. Cherry is a very durable and closed grained hardwood making it perfect for High quality furniture pieces. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 4

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Feature eucalypt

Feature eucalypt

The cooler climates of eastern Victoria, southern New South Wales and northern Tasmanian are home to this native hardwood. Also known as eucalyptus sieberi, its timber is light brown with distinct growth rings and a beautiful choice for rustic, casual dining furniture. Trees are affected by wildfires, years of drought and attack by insects. Flood and strong winds stunt their growth with each piece showing nature’s signature. Deep red gum veins formed by fire, ambrosia beetle marks, pin holes and squiggly worm marks are all evident. Also known as Chestnut. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 8

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Jarrah

Jarrah

Native to the southwest corner of Western Australia, jarrah ranges in colour from dark red in its heartwood to pale yellow in its sapwood. It has an even, slightly interlocked grain that sometimes shows fiddleback characteristics. Our timber is from sustainably harvested forests a few hours drive south of Perth. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 8.5

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Mahogany

Mahogany

We source our mahogany from plantations in Fiji that were created in the 1940s from Brazilian seedlings. This fine grade hardwood is actually a honey-pink colour in its raw state, but is usually stained to achieve the rich, dark texture that is associated with mahogany antique furniture. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 4

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River red gum

River red gum

This is one of the most common inland trees of Australia and is synonymous with the outback. Our red gum is not logged, but milled from naturally fallen trees in the Barossa Valley and Hindmarsh Valley. It is a durable hardwood with a distinctive rippling or fiddleback grain with rich red-brown colour. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 10

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Tasmanian messmate

Tasmanian messmate

With samples collected during Captain Cook’s third Pacific voyage in 1777, this was the first eucalypt recorded by botanists. The premium version of its cousins the Victorian ash and Tasmanian oak, Tasmanian messmate has an even texture with straight grains and varies in colour from pale to light brown. Ours is sourced from Northern Tasmania. Botanical name is Eucalyptus Obliqua. Hardness (Janka) (kN) 7

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