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.
Air dried for 1-1/2 years and completely wax sealed. Blanks have lost up to half of their original moisture. Smaller blanks will have lost more than bigger blanks. Bark incursions/checks are common and present in many blanks (see dark spots in photos). Numerous hairline surface checks are present (the majority are less than 1/16" deep). You'll need to be able to work with these defects and incorporate them into your project. Blanks are rough sawn/not cut square but the smallest dimension is listed. Some faces have been cut with chainsaws. This is a beautiful batch with great color lots of figure!
W33292: 1/8" cup. Great for pens, bottle stoppers, etc.!