Boonaree

    (Alectryon oleifolius)

    (Alectryon oleifolius sub.elongata)

 

Also known as: Western Rosewood

 
Boonaree is usually found as single specimens or in clonal clumps and seems to grow on any soil type in the region. The trunks of single specimens sometimes reach to around 600mm diameter like the one pictured which overhangs the Emerald woodworkers Group shed but they are almost always piped. The strange looking fruits form around December and pop open to reveal a bright red aril.
 
The subspecies alectryon elongata pictured here is also found in the region though not as common. It is identified by it's comparatively long, narrow leaves.
Boonaree  timber is hard and moderately heavy. I have found it cracks a bit while drying, even with the endgrain sealed, but appears stable once dry. It exhibits some impressive colouring where the heartwood is degrading but then comes the inevitable pipe making it difficult to get large pieces to work with.
The timber machines nicely and holds detail well. Boonaree doesn't sand easily but produces an excellent finish if you persist. Any finish works well on this timber and just one or two applications is enough. Danish Oil was used on the bowl pictured.

 

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