The Southern Silky Oak is a wood processor with a fine figure. It is hardy, resistant to insect attack, and exhibits the best figure when perfectly quartersawn. Because of its good figure, this tree is used in a wide variety of projects, including fine furniture and cabinets. It can also be grown in gardens.
Southern Silky Oak is a wood processor
Southern Silky Oak is a hardwood that is relatively rare in the United States. The cost of this hardwood tends to be mid-to-high compared to other hardwoods. It is not listed on the IUCN Red List or CITES Appendices. It is used in fine furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, and small specialty items. It is a member of the Proteaceae family. It has lace-like figuring that gives it the common name “lacewood.” However, this hardwood is not as easily identifiable macroscopically as some other hardwoods.
Silky oak can be harvested in a variety of ways. It can be milled with simple equipment. However, it is important to be careful when using this hardwood as it contains a chemical that can cause allergies. If you’re unsure about the safety of this timber, contact a professional wood processor.
The sapwood of this Southern hardwood is white, with a pinky/beige heartwood. It is essential to cut SO logs evenly to ensure minimal wastage. It is also necessary to split them, removing about an inch of pith from the ends of the logs. Split logs should be ten to twelve inches wide. Then, seal end grain to minimize waste. Finally, cut the blanks into bowl and spindle shapes.
Another important use of silky oak timber is in the construction of furniture. Its distinctive grain pattern is very attractive to furniture makers. It is commonly used in antique furniture made in Australia. The silky oak is found in two distinct species – the southern silky oak (Grevillea robusta) and the northern silky oak (Cardwellia sublimis). During its natural habitat, the Southern Silky Oak grows to thirty meters, but it grows to half that height when cultivated.
It is resistant to most insect attacks
The Silky wood processor is a naturally resistant wood species that has high resistance to most insect pest attacks. Most of the insect pests that attack this wood are related to its natural environment. The insect pests that attack it include several species of Trogoderma and Dermestidae, as well as several species of flesh flies, carpet beetles, and ham beetles. Insects also feed on a wide variety of processed plant products, including animal-derived feeds.
While insects can do damage in various ways, such as incidental soiling, they also have the potential to cause extensive damage, such as boreholes in soft plastic foams and mineral-based materials. Moreover, some insects can transmit diseases. They can transmit food pathogens and can cause allergic reactions in humans. Additionally, they can spread diseases through their faecal matter. Therefore, it is important to take special precautions when handling insect-contaminated objects.
It is cultivated in gardens
The Silky wood processor is a woody tree that grows in gardens and woodlands. Its name refers to its smooth, silky texture. Its ray cells also have a prominent appearance. Its Latin name, robusta, means “strong like oak.” Despite its name, this tree is not related to true oaks.
This woody tree is widely cultivated as a shade tree and is used for making guitars. It is also widely used for charcoal and fuelwood. It is a good choice for urban gardens and is also suited to tropical, highland climates. This plant can grow as tall as 35 m and has a smooth, pyramidal-like crown.
It is a good tree for parks
The Silky wood processor is a versatile tree that is cultivated in parks, urban landscapes, and gardens around the world. Introduced decades ago, it grows naturally in tropical climates and provides shade. It is also used for charcoal, fuelwood, and honey production.
The Silky oak has a strong figure when quartersawn and the endgrain has large rays. The endgrain is diffuse-porous, with large tangential pores. Occasionally, it develops deposits in the heartwood. It grows best in a neutral to acidic soil. This tree prefers partial to full sunlight.