Hairy Oak

    (Allocasuarina inophloia)

 

Also known as: Stringybark She Oak

Hairy oak's distribution only just reaches the southern end of the Central Highlands. It appears to enjoy sandy, poor conditions like Budgeroo (which can be seen in the background at left) and grows to about 8 metres high. The bark is very distinctive and the trunks are usually fluted and not large so small blanks are the norm. Popular with box and pen makers. 
Hairy oak is fairly hard but turns satisfactorily and I find the medullary material quite brittle, although this might be because the pieces I have turned have been through a bushfire. It sands well and takes a high polish.
 

 

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