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    Default Rare Wood, Giant Ironwood.

    In 1975 I planted a beautiful tree I had an interest in, Giant Ironwood. Choricarpia subargentea. It is I think, particularly attractive with a very smooth bark and a form of interesting bends. It is also easily propagated because it grows runners from the base of the tree which can easily be pulled out and replanted. Unfortunately though it is very slow growing but due to the recent dry weather ,it has died back somewhat so that I took the opportunity to cut down one of these now 6 inch diameter stems and saw it up. Is it possible that someone might be interested in some wood from it? The wood is 3"x1" and up to about 5 ft long. The wood seems quite hard and is of a grey colour.

    There is an international wood collectors organisation that I supply a little wood to. They should be easily found on the internet for anyone who is interested in wood collecting in a more serious way.

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    Hi Bob,

    Any photos of the wood?

    Is it all 1" thick, or is there any that's 35mm squared or so?

    Cheers,
    Luke

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    Default Giant Ironwood Photos

    A bit of a struggle to upload some photos.
    I'm not sure of the sequence of the photos but I think it is in this order.
    The first photo is of a runner I pulled out from under the tree and planted elsewhere.
    The second is of one of the trees in the National Park quite close to here. You can see what interesting and attractive trees they are.
    The third is of the small clump of trees I planted in 1975. One of the stems here was about 6 inches in diameter which I was able to saw up for my wood sample.
    The fourth is of small wood sample cut to the standard size. The wood is quite tough, as you might expect from the name but rather plain.
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    Very cool. An interesting tree with a story to go with it.

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    Luke,
    It is certainly a most interesting tree. If you put the botanical name into the internet, there are some more photos on different sites.
    I still have a very small log left and I could cut some boards 35mm square if you liked.

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    What a beautiful example of the species pictured
    This is why we have Heritage areas of forest in order to protect trees like this
    Well done Bob for having the vision and patience to be planting these obscure species...MM
    Mapleman

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    Very interesting Bob. Another species I had no knowledge of.
    Neil
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    My neighbour made this little scissors holder from some pieces of Ironwood that I gave him. He says that it is an excellent wood to work from.

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