Blackwood - a Tasmanian perspective

Bradbury, Gordon
August 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2006, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p17
The article reports on blackwood growing in Tasmania. English botanist Robert Brown made the first recorded scientific collection of blackwood. It outlines the nature of blackwood. The tree is used as a valuable furniture timber second only to Australian red cedar. Blackwood is also use to make musical instruments, particularly guitars. The prices for highly-figured blackwood guitar is mentioned. The two sources of blackwood timber supply in Tasmania are mature tall wet eucalypt forest where blackwood occurs as an understorey species, and blackwood dominated swamps.


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