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Allocasuarina Fraseriana

A small to medium sized tree growing to fifteen meters throughout the length and breadth of the jarrah belt in the southwest of Western Australia.

The wood has broad medullary rays which make the timber particularly attractive when cut on the quarter.  Sheoak has low shrinkage, takes a good polish and therefore makes an excellent cabinet timber.  There are some varieties of sheaok known as “lace: and “birdseye” which have striking grains and colours.

Early literature refers to Shea’s Oak as the common name.

It splits well and was used almost exclusively in the ealy days of the Swan River Colony as roof shingles.  A shingle taken from one of the first houses erected in Perth after more than eighty years use was found to be in a splendid state of preservation.

The quality product is handmade and displays some of the beauty of sheoak.

This quality, hand-made product shows some of the beauty of jarrah.  It is finished using scented wood polish produced by Tinderbox of Balingup in the southwest of W.A.  The polish contains beeswax, linseed oil, plant turpentine and pure essential oils: rosewood, cedarwood, petitgrain, bergamont, benzoin, cloves and nutmeg.  This creates a natural glow to the timber.  The wax is non-toxic, nourishing and protective.

This product can be cared for and protected by periodically applying a coat of a beeswax based wax and buffing with a soft cloth.

Timber used by LES ROWE in the manufacture of gifts and furniture is sourced from the forest floor from wind fall logs or bushfire or recycled from mills, demolitions, flooring, jetties and the like.  Timber taken from the forest floor is done so under licence issued by the department of Conservation and Land Management.  We endeavour not to contribute to the further demise of our magnificent forest so that in our own small way we can contribute their preservation for future generations to enjoy.

Thank you for your attention.  Enjoy the beauty of this magnificent Western Australian timber.