Huon Pine Properties
Lagarostrobos franklinii (formerly Dacrydium franklinii)
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Availability & Appearance
Very rare. Only a limited amount is released onto the market each year.
Very limited (mainly decorative thicknesses)
Undressed seasoned timber 25 to 350 mm wide by 25 to 50 mm thick. Lengths up to 5400 mm long are available.
Light straw, ageing to dull yellow.
Straight fine and even, sometimes with birds-eye figuring. Growth rings are conspicuous and usually wavy.
Close, uniform and smooth.
Density (per standard)
Susceptible to Lyctid Borer
Marine Borer Resistance
Native - Rainforest
85% of total Huon Pine forest types are reserved.
Chain of Custody
Average Specific Extinction Area
Critical Radiance Flux - Higher
Critical Radiance Flux - Lower
Smoke Development Rate
% per min
EFH Ignitibility: 1
EFH Smoke-Develop Index: 1
EFH Spread-of-Flame Index: 1
Fire Properties Group Number: 1
Maximum Crushing Strength
Modulus of Elasticity (MOE)
Modulus of Rupture (MOR)
0.14% per 1% MC change
0.27% per 1% MC change
Common Structural Grades
Very easily worked, may be highly polished and is a very good bending timber.
Very good to fair bending timber. 25mm material bends fairly well to a radius of 50mm.
Easy to drill. Holes are clean and to size.
Good results can be obtained. Use of some finishes may require washing with an organic solvent to remove some of the natural oils.
Difficulties can arise due to the presence of natural oils. Preparation may require washing with an organic solvent. Formaldehyde glues usually give the best results; other may have problems.
Produces excellent mouldings.
Nails hold fairly well, except on end grain where timber can tend to split.
Low feeding forces required. Surfaces very smooth and lustrous.
Rebating + Mortising
Generally produces good results.
Cuts cleanly and accurately with low feeding force.
An exceptional turning timber.
Sources: Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW), Wood Solutions