A very hard, heavy Australian wood with high durability and resistance to decay. Very common and widely used in Australia for numerous applications including marine work and flooring, but also used for decorative objects from the attractive burl and high end furniture from figured pieces, which sometimes occur due to interlocked grain. Reportedly can be difficult to work due to density. Seems to have a broad color range in the red/orange/browns.
Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) are pretty much impossible to tell apart. Even the trees looks almost completely alike. In "A Guide to More Useful Woods of the World" it is stated that Australian natives can tell them apart only by burning splinters. Ash of jarrah is black and gray whereas ash from karri is white. Both grow to signicant heights and can provide very long planks/beams.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of jarrah / Eucalyptus marginata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
jarrah veneer --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the site by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
veneer listed as jarrah / Eucalyptus marginata --- HUGE enlargements are present. These sample were contributed to the site by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The first sheet is quartersawn figured veneer and the 2nd sheet is flat cut.
jarrah burl veneer --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was contributed to the site by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
slab, moistened for the pic but with ends still dry, nicely showing how well this wood responds to finishing agents.
planks with wet and dry sections
planks, flat cut
plank listed as jarrah / Eucalyptus marginata --- the color is almost certainly too rich in the pic
flat cut veneer, bookmatched
plank with heavy gum pockets which the Australian dealer says just adds character to the wood.
curly jarrah planks
curly jarrah pen blanks
curly jarrah pool stick blank
burl pen blanks
jarrah burl pen blanks that have been moistened for the pics
burl pen blanks that have been oiled and waxed and are from a vendor who makes her wood look purple in the pics regardless of what color the wood actually is
two burls from the same vendor
two views of the same burl
three views of a burl bowl blank
a burl that has been moistened for the picture
the first pic is of a burl and the next two are of both sides of the same burl after is was sprayed with alcohol to show what it might look like after finishing
curly jarrah turning stock and closeup
curly jarrah plank. first pic shows both sides dry and 2nd pic shows both sides after moistening with alcohol
curly jarrah box and a closeup of the top (taken in a different light, thus the different color)
jarrah burl bowl turned by John Fuher whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. John finished this with thinned tung/lindseed oil and he tells me it was tough getting the stuff to adhere. HUGE enlargements are present.
figured jarrah bowl
hollow form --- not listed as burl but it clearly is
jarrah burl hollow form
coffee table made from curly jarrah planks. A litte busy for my taste (see the enlargement), but hey, it would be really boring if we were all me.