Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) is another beautiful Australian Eucalypt and is a native of Western Australia where it grows in the cooler southern regions. It is one of the world’s tallest trees although not as tall as Tasmania’s Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus regnans) which is the world’s tallest flowering plant (piece of useless trivia there for you). In fact, there are reports that the early Tasmanian settlers logged Swamp Gums that would be significantly taller than the Californian Redwood (more useless trivia).
A wonderful timber to work as it tends to have reasonably straight grain without lots of annoying knots. Colour varies quite a bit although it can have a nice reddish tinge. Although not as spectacular looking as some species the subtle variations in tone and colour do make for attractive looking furniture and smaller boxes, etc.
Not considered a rare timber but it can be a little difficult to get in Tasmania where the more common Tasmanian Oak is widely used. A local timber merchant stocks some of the ‘featured’ planks we like so much; every now and then we’ll lash out and buy a few pieces to add variation to some of the stuff we make.
Wood Solutions: https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/wood-species/karri