Tasmanian Oak (Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus obliqua and Eucalyptus delegatensis), as the name suggests, is a common Tasmanian hardwood. Favoured by just about everyone because it is easy to work (generally), is strong, looks good and looks ever better with age.
Old, seasoned and weathered Tas Oak can’t be beaten for character; there is something in the wood that causes ‘flecks’ in the grain patterns to go very dark with age. Most timbers become darker with age but Tas Oak ages better than almost any other timber. It seems to have a richness and depth that is accentuated as it darkens; the grain also becomes more pronounced.
It can be bought at just about any hardware store but the older it is and the more weathered it is the better (for us anyway). House demolitions, old sheds and fences all produce some of the best Tas Oak for the things we like to make.
Certainly one of our favourite timbers.