Our Timber

We are proud to stock a wide range of beautiful timbers, each with their particular qualities. Note that we have only limited stock of a few of the very unusual timbers; please enquire.

Macrocarpa – Cupressus macrocarpa
Ovens Cypress – C. ovensii
Mexican cypress – C. lusitanica
Poplar (Populus nigra/deltoides/yunnanensis hybrids)
Blackwood – Acacia melanoxylon
Silver wattle – A. dealbata
Black wattle – A. mearnsii
Mountain Ash – Eucalyptus regnans
Brown Barrel – E. fastigata
Southern mahogany – E. botryoides
Blackbutt – E. pilularis
White Stringybark – E. globoidea
Yellow Stringybark – E. muelleriana

Updated June 2020.

Tallowwood – E. microcorys
Silver top Stringybark – E. laevopinea
European Ash – Fraxinus excelsior
English Elm – Ulmus procera
English Oak – Quercus robur
Coast Redwood – Sequoia sempervirens
Totara – Podocarpus totara
Maire – Nestegis cunninghamii
Corsican pine – Pinus nigra
Canary Island Pine – P. canariensis
Himalayan Cedar – Cedrus deodara
Black walnut – Juglands nigra

Updated June 2020.

Macrocarpa – Cupressus macrocarpa

A low to medium-density softwood that looks and works like kauri. The heartwood is golden brown, has a fine grain and machines and sands well to give a high-quality finish. It is a cypress so it also smells nice. 

Macrocarpa is naturally durable, equivalent to H3.1 treated, which means it is a great alternative to chemically treated wood. It can be used for framing and for exterior off-the-ground uses such as cladding, fencing and decking.

Availability – plenty of most sizes and grades.

Siver Wattle – Acacia dealbata

A highly decorative hardwood with a range of colours from brown to red. It also often has an interesting slivery sheen. Silver wattle can be used for interior joinery, panelling and flooring.

Availability – medium stocks of flooring/panelling grade and some clears for fine joinery

Elm (English) – Ulmus procera

This is another medium to dark brown coloured hardwood that is quite dense and hard-wearing. It has an attractive figured grain. Ideal for flooring or joinery (see pictures of shelves and bannister rails). Traditionally used for furniture. It can be harder to work than softer timbers but can finish beautifully and is very tough. 

Availability – reasonable stocks of joinery grade

Poplar

Poplar a very useful and attractive timber. It is strong for its weight, is resistant to splintering, and if well-grown can be free of knots and defects. It treats well and can be used as a superior alternative to pine for fence rails, palings, decking, farm timber etc.

Poplar works well, has very little smell and will take a stain for added colour. It can also be profiled into panelling for a clean Scandinavian look. Please enquire if you are interested.

Tasmanian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)

Blackwood is a premium hardwood prized for its dark colour. It is an excellent furniture and flooring timber that machines well. A unique characteristic is the sharp contrast between the dark brown or black heartwood and almost white sapwood. This can be featured for interest, or heartwood only can be used.

Brown Barrel (Eucalyptus fastigata)

E. fastigata is an excellent hard wearing flooring timber that can also be used for joinery and furniture. Heartwood is predominantly pale brown with occasional purple flecks.

Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans)

This timber is sometimes marketed as Australian or Tasmanian Oak. It is another very good flooring timber, paler than Fastigata but will stain well if more colour is needed. It is also suitable for furniture, cabinet making, turnery, and panelling.

Redwood

A durable and stable softwood suitable for exterior cladding and panelling.

Cladding

We can supply cladding as rough-sawn board and batten, or in various profiles such as bevel-back weatherboard, either dressed or sawn to a circular or band-sawn finish. 

We supply naturally durable timbers that need no chemical treatment. 

Joinery

We have a large supply of air dry timber available in different grades for fine joinery. Clear grade is most commonly called for but our experience is that many people prefer wavy grain, tight knots and even bark markings for visual interest.

Suitable timbers: Almost anything but preferably a harder timber. In-stock: Macrocarpa, Silver Wattle, Elm, Eucalyptus fastigata (Brown Barrel) and some Blackwood

Flooring

Wooden floors add class and comfort. MacBlack has a selection of different timbers in stock, or we can source alternatives. Flooring is usually supplied as a 18 or 19mm tongue and groove (T&G) board for laying onto framing but we can also supply in a thinner grade as an overlay.

Suitable timbers: Eucalyptus fastigata, regnans etc,. Silver Wattle and Macrocarpa can also be used however are softer timbers so will accumulate more marking with heavy use.

Panelling

Panelling is supplied in 85mm (cover) or 130mm and usually in 19mm thickness. We can supply 15mm thick panelling on request, but it is no cheaper and minimum quantities would apply.

Coverage

85mm wide panelling = 12 lineal metres per square metre
130mm wide panelling = 8 lineal metres per square metre

We recommend adding at least 10% on top of that to allow for cutting unless we have supplied set lengths that will fit exactly. Note that there is a surcharge of 25% to supply to set length.

Profile

Generally the profile is TG&V both sides. This allows the best side to be selected during installation. T&G only or ship-lap profiles can be supplied but minimum quantities apply, and the species available will depend on our current stock situation.

Shipping

We will pack and freight to your door to most parts of New Zealand.

85x19mm macrocarpa TGV panelling, No 1 grade

130x19mm redwood TGV panelling, No 2 grade

85x19mm poplar TGV panelling, knotty No 1 grade

85x19mm poplar panelling, clear grade

profile of TGV panelling

Contact us for expert timber advice

We are happy to advise you on your timber options and provide free quotations for your projects