Red Mallee Burls

Common Name: Red Mallee
Scientific Name: Eucalyptus oleosa and E. socialis
Distribution: Australia

An incredible species, Red Mallee Burls comes with vibrant color and figure. Red mallee is a native Australian timber and it has a distinctive mix of red, pink and violet heartwood. Contrasting white sapwood is the other peculiarity of this timber. It offers a natural artistic palette for any type of artisan. The wood of red mallee burls is dense. Light sanding is enough for getting a smooth, durable finish. Bowl blanks and squares have tight figures and colors, which are ideal for turned boxes, spindles, knives, bowls, and other fine articles. Generally, the burl eyes are very small, but it is limited to the sapwood.

Red Mallee burls are very rare and wonderful species from Australia. It can be used for making exceptional projects. The backs of this timber are natural and bark free. Mostly they are harvested in southern and central Australia. The size of these trees can be small to medium. Generally, the lumber is not available from Eucalyptus species. But, red mallee burls are prized for their unique color and figure.

The scientific name of Red Mallee is Eucalyptus oleosa and E. socialis. Generally, it grows up to 13-26 ft. The average dried weight of the timber is 66lbs/ft3. The color and appearance of the heartwood may range from pink to orangish red. The heartwood can be demarcated from sapwood because of pale yellow to gray color.

Standard health risks are associated with all types of wood dust. Without these, any other health reactions are associated with this timber. However, several other species within Eucalyptus genus cause some allergic reactions. The timber of red mallee is generally available in burl blocks and burl caps. The prices of them are as same as other imported solid wood burl products.

Red Mallee burls are not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species or the CITES Appendices. The common uses of red mallee are gun grips, knife, turned objects, and small specialty objects.

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