We’re into the third week of Plyco’s Vibrant Veneers series now, and after heading to the United States to check out the American Walnut veneer we’re heading closer to home to get the scoop on our Blackwood plywood veneers!
Unlike Jarrah or American Walnut, Blackwood is much lighter in appearance and one of the most elegant and well-balanced veneered products that we offer. You’ll notice a brilliant contrast of light and dark grain detail that is sure to catch your eye and make it a top candidate for a huge range of architectural applications. Blackwood veneer could be best described as being golden brown in colour with generally straight grains, although with a potential to sometimes be wavy in appearance. The visual characteristics of the grain compliment the contrasting light and dark details and really make the product pop. Despite the name, Tasmanian Blackwood really isn’t even remotely black in appearance.
Many of those in the know when it comes to trees will often compare Blackwood to the Koa tree, which is found in the Hawaiian Islands. However, our Blackwood manages to trump Koa in a number of areas – most notably in its straighter grain and better machining characteristics.
Blackwood, also known as Tasmanian Blackwood, Black Wattle, hickory, blackwood acacia, or by its scientific name Acacia melanoxylon, is a native Australian species. Found especially in the most southern regions of Australia, Blackwood has slowly been introduced to many other countries around the world for plantations such as the United States, South America and across Asia and Africa. Unfortunately, not everybody is as excited about Tasmanian Blackwood as we are at Plyco! In South Africa and Portugal, it has been declared a weed species and a pest – a little harsh we think. It was also listed as an invasive weed in California where it had been used for lining suburban trees. Research had begun to suggest that the tress had been causing damage to footpaths and underground plumbing, so councils started phasing them out. Even in some parts of Tasmania, the Blackwood has been considered a pest! Even though it seems to be having a rough time all around the globe, at Plyco we’re still head over heels with this veneer.
Tasmanian Blackwood native regions in Australia
On a happier note for Tasmanian Blackwood trees everywhere there are a number of amazing uses for it that even stretch back to many years ago. Indigenous Australians would use these trees to create an analgesic, a type of painkilling medicine, while also using its wood for spears and shields. The twigs and barks of the tree have also been used in the past to poison fish as a form of fishing, as well as a fire barrier plant. More modern uses of Blackwood can be found in cabinetry, boatbuilding, furniture, wall panelling, ceiling lining and even musical instruments. The aesthetic qualities of its veneer also make it perfect for practically any DIY project that needs a little something extra in the aesthetics department.
You’re most likely to find large congregations of Blackwood trees in the wetter areas of Tasmanian. These are the locations where they are generally grown in vast amounts for commercial use and you’ll often see trees reaching up to 20 or 30 metres tall here.
This old Tasmanian Blackwood tree has stood the test of time
Like the sound of this local legend? Why not check out our full range of Tasmanian Blackwood veneer options? Whether in our special Laminato range or pressed onto MDF and Particleboard, if you’ve taken a fancy to the Blackwood veneer there is something for you here at Plyco. Head over to our online store and you can browse it all at your own leisure, or alternatively, come into our Fairfield showroom and see it in person! We also have samples of our Laminato available, so get in touch if you would like to experience why we’re so excited by Tasmanian Blackwood.