Salter Furniture Creations designs uses a large range of local, imported and recycled timbers to craft our furniture, including timber sourced by our clients.
Timber is a renewable and sustainable resource which offers true beauty, strength and warmth. Detailed below are some of our more commonly used timbers.
Victorian Ash (VA) is the trade name for the mixture of Alpine Ash and
Mountain Ash, the tallest trees in the world. This timber is strong, stable and
moderately hard. It has a relatively consistent colour, ranging from pale pink
to pale straw.
Spotted Gum (SG) is an attractive, durable and dense hardwood grown in
Australian coastal regions. The word ‘spotted’ refers to the soft mottled col-
our caused by weathering of the outer tree as it sheds elliptical strips of
bark. Colours range from pale honey to dark brown tones.
American Oak (AMO) is an imported hardwood. It ranges from pale yel-
low to mid–brown in colour and typically has a fine grain that is strong and
visible. It is commonly crown cut to reveal its distinctive growth rings.
Recycled Messmate (RM) is an Australian hardwood. It varies in colour
from pale brown through to light yellow with subtle hints of peach. Recycled
Messmate is salvaged from factories, wharves and bridges and is commonly
found with ‘industrial’ features like nail and bolt holes. It also has deep gum
veins and pockets which are usually filled.
Wormy Chestnut (WC) is born deep in the forests of south eastern Aus-
tralia. The trees are affected by wildfires, years of drought, insect attacks,
occasional floods and winds so strong that the trees stunt their growth to
cope with their environment. Each piece displays natures signature & can
vary from straw to rich chocolate in colour.
Australian River Red Gum (RG) is iconic and its timber has a reputation
for durability and strength. Its distinctive brilliant red colouring ranges from
pink to deep red. It also commonly features beautiful fiddleback.
Blackbutt (BT) has an even texture with a straight grain, and
gum veins. Blackbutts heartwood is normally pale brown and the sap wood
is distinctively paler. It is found in coastal areas of Queensland and New
South Wales. Blackbutt displays nail hole and deep gum vein fea-
Blackwood (BW) grain is usually straight but can sometimes be wavy,
producing fiddleback. Its heartwood is golden brown with narrow bands of
darker colour showing the trees growth rings. Blackwood may also deliver
striking red streaks.