Silky Oak

Silky Oak is a common backyard tree in Australia, but for an evergreen tree it has a bad habit of dropping leaves.  This can be fatal as it clogs up the natives gutters and down-pipes :-(.  The good news is that tree cutting businesses that are called in to remove the errant tree’s, frequently have slabs available for purchase.

It is my favourite timber to make furniture from, stunning grain with great variety from sapwood to heartwood and end grain.  Most importantly much easier to work than anything that ends in ‘gum’.

Although called Silky ‘Oak’ it’s correct label is Grevillea robusta, the largest member of the Grevillea family.  Fast growing up to 35 m high and 1 m in diameter the distinctive orange flowers are very common around many east coast warmer climate towns and cities during spring.