Yellow-wood

    (Terminalia oblongata)

 

Yellow Wood is usually found on blacksoil country amongst Brigalow scrub. It is one of our very few deciduous trees, the photo at right shows it in winter mode, never quite completely bare. It's range is restricted to northern Australia and is quite common around this part of the world. Usually growing to 8 to 10 metres high, I've seen some trunks to about 400mm diameter.
Yellow-wood is a medium density timber that appears quite stable while drying, particularly once halved or sawn into board form. As seen in the finished bowl below, it also holds its bark well. Green or dry, the timber machines very well and once dry, it sands really well too. It takes a good finish, just a little absorbent with oils. Providing the colour is what you want, it's a great timber to use. In a part of the world where most timbers are damned hard and heavy, Yellow-wood is a pleasant change.

 

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