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4 Reasons to Love Furniture Made of Stringybark

The stringybark tree (which can also be written as two words, “stringy bark”), is derived from various species of Eucalyptus native to Australia. It’s commonly found in the Eastern states as well as parts of South Australia and Tasmania. 

There are many different varieties of stringybark wood, including messmate, Australian oak and Tasmanian oak, and each can grow up to 90 metres tall.

In the wild, it has thick, fibrous bark, but when used for furniture, it comes up a smooth, patterned shade of creamy beige or reddy-brown. Stringybark furniture can include dining tables, bedside tables, shelving units and more. 

It can be used in a wide range of industries, from general building and construction projects to boat-making, decking, and flooring. 

Here are 4 compelling reasons why buying furniture made of stringybark is a smart choice…

1. Style

Whether you're furnishing your home, office, or outdoor space, stringybark timber is a timeless choice that will enhance the ambience of any room. 

It’s a hardwood that possesses a unique natural beauty and charm that comes from its fine texture, irregular grain patterns, knots, and colour variations. Because these characteristics vary from tree to tree, any piece of furniture you make from stringybark will be one-of-a-kind.

Some of the most common types of stringybark include red stringybark, yellow stringybark, white stringybark and brown stringybark. These different shades allow you to choose varieties that match your home’s aesthetic, or to have an item that stands out amongst the rest and makes a statement.

Be it as a dining table, a chair, or a modular bookshelf, furniture crafted from it adds a touch of rustic elegance to a space as well as bringing a light and airy feel.

2. Durability

As an Australian native timber, Stringybark eucalyptus is renowned for its exceptional strength and resilience. Its dense, hardwood composition makes it highly resistant to wear and tear, ensuring that anything made out of it stands the test of time.

Whether subjected to heavy use in a busy household or exposed to the elements in outdoor settings, stringybark furniture maintains its shape and appearance over decades and decades.

This longevity adds value to your investment, and in addition to the fact that the timber is already top-quality, is the way it is built and finished in-house by our ND Furniture team.

We use traditional joinery methods and premium polishes, meaning your piece is structurally sound and its surfaces are protected against scratches and stains for many years to come.

3. Versatility

One of the most remarkable aspects of stringybark is its versatility as a furniture material. Its workability allows craftsmen to make various furniture pieces, from simple and functional designs to intricate and artistic creations.

Whether you prefer sleek and modern aesthetics or a more traditional and rustic look, stringybark can be crafted and treated to suit any style or preference.

Its adaptability makes it a popular choice for interior designers and homeowners seeking furniture that seamlessly integrates into diverse décor schemes.

A stringybark table, for example, will blend in nicely if the dining room has a hardwood floor. Alternatively, it will pop against a polished concrete floor or a floor with a statement carpet or rug on it. So, wherever you put it, it’ll work!

4. Sustainability

As consumers start to move away from fast furniture trends and towards more sustainable production methods, stringybark emerges as an environmentally friendly option. 

Eucalyptus trees, from which stringybark is sourced, are fast-growing and abundant in Australia, covering approx. 77% of Australia's total native forest area. This makes them a very renewable resource. Additionally, the harvesting and processing of stringybark typically involve minimal environmental impact, with sustainable forest management and responsible forestry practices ensuring the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity.

By choosing furniture made of stringybark, consumers can contribute to the promotion of sustainable forestry practices and reduce their carbon footprint, aligning their lifestyle choices with principles of environmental stewardship.

Here at ND Furniture, we use locally sourced recycled timbers which we carefully select and grade, and our workshop uses ethical practices to lower emissions.

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