The Coolibah tree (Eucalyptus microtheca), featured in the song, "Waltzing Matilda", produces one of the hardest and strongest timbers in the world. This species is widely distributed over Northern Australia, commonly found along rivers and heavy soils of flood plains. Coolibah (pronounced Cool-a-bah) is also referred to as Flooded Box, and Western Coolibah. This species is exceptional in that it grows throughout a very large area of Australia, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, excluding Victoria and Tasmania. In these areas it prefers to inhabit seasonally flooded stream banks and riverbeds. It has bark that can be smooth with white or gray coloration or rough and fibrous with gray to gray-black coloration. It has been grown in the Southwestern United States for some time, including arid regions that can get quite cold. This burl is exceptionally beautiful. You may find natural incursions or bark edges as are normal with burl woods.
This wood has been carefully selected for color and exceptional figure. Contrasting live sapwood edges are present on all of the blanks. All wood is dry and is surfaced on two sides. A few surface checks, bug holes or random bark incursions are present on most. One face is typically cleaner than the other with about 75% of the face being free of defects when they are present. Most pieces are flat but may have up to 1/8" bow or twist. If you are not able to work with checks please call us before selecting a piece. Our minerals are great to fill the incursions to work with the natural beauty of this wood. This is exceptional wood that is dry and ready to use!