This Australian hardwood species - Eucalyptus sideroxylon; Mugga; Ironbark - is a richly colored Australian hardwood, occurring naturally on inland slopes of eastern Australia. It is popular as a flooring species due to its deep, rich, warm colors, its fine interlocking grain texture, and superior strength. It is one of the harder woods in the world. As a result, it is highly regarded for its strength, durability and long term performance in a variety of exterior uses and interior uses as flooring.
In fact, this beautiful lady is actually one of the toughest kids on the block! Red Iron Bark's rich, deep, reddish heartwood and paler, contrasting, yellow-ish sapwood colors, give it a depth and warmth that most other flooring woods can't match. These rich colors of this flooring lend an inviting, classic look to any space, making it a good substitute for Jarrah.
Indeed, the scarcity of Jarrah is awakening people to the colors, strength, and durability of Red Iron Bark flooring. Uses: As well as being used as flooring, it is used as exterior cladding, and structural and decorative hardwood in residential and commercial buildings. Testament to its toughness and durability, Red Iron Bark has been used for over 200 years for rugged applications like railway sleepers, wharf and bridge construction, and as structural timbers in mining where strength and durability over long periods of time were required.
Janka hardness: 3150 (comparable to Ebony and Brazilian Redwood, and 2.3 times harder than American White Oak which is 1360).
Working with Red Iron Bark: Interlocked grain. Very dense wood. Keep tools sharp.