Tallowwood is one of the most naturally durable (termite and rot resistance) timbers in the world. It has been a very popular Eastern Australian timber, being hardy, durable and high visual grade. The colour is usually a warm-blonde honey colour with a tinge of olive green.

Variation Disclaimer

Timber is a natural material. Variation in appearance and properties is an enticing part of designing and building with real timber! Each fibre in each plank in each project is uniquely designed by nature. We strive in good faith to present you with the most accurate portrayal of what you can expect in your timber by using images, past job portfolios, detailed information and samples, the other part of this responsibility is advising you that your timber’s appearance WILL vary from these guides. Please use this information as a guide only.


Boral has been developing and producing timber products for well over a century and they remain one of the largest, most experienced and most trusted timber manufacturers in Australia. Boral offers most of the popular Australian timber species in a wide range of products including: flooring, decking, cladding and structural timber, distributed across domestic, international, residential and commercial markets.

Board Type

Parquetry is one of the most time tested flooring types. Block parquetry has adapted to suit modern interiors while still catering for unique and customizable designs.

• Kiln dried
• Precision milled with a square edge all around and warp grooves on the underside
• Blocks come loose and are hand crafted into any pattern by the installer on-site
• Continuous timber through the entire thickness of the block with an exceptionally thick ~10mm wear segment for a long service life
• Raw and unfinished
• Backsawn timber
• Simple repairs by only replacing effected blocks

Parquetry is also relatively stable as expansion stresses are distributed more evenly across multiple joints and grain direction is often crisscrossed in certain patterns.


Timber has many natural features that tell the story of the living tree. The features seen in Tallowwood are:
• Insect trails
• Knots
• Surface checking
• Sapwood
• Burrs (aka burls)

This product is available in the following grades:
Classic grade; is mostly clean boards with minimal natural features. Classic grade gives a more uniform, clean, sophisticated and minimal appearance. Classic grade can be thought of as the top third cleanest timber and is equivalent to a ‘select grade’.

Installation Summary

Block parquetry is typically suitable for gluing over flat, dry and structural subfloors such as plywood, particleboard, existing timber floors or concrete slabs. They come in a raw state and need to be sanded and finished after installation. THIS IS NOT A DIY FRIENDLY PRODUCT, only an experienced installer and sander or a very experienced carpenter should attempt the installation of block parquetry.


Timber is a truly renewable resource, a mature tree is harvested, a young tree grows in its place and a few decades later is ready for harvesting again. Australia’s vast forests are carefully, conservatively managed to ensure a responsible amount of wood is harvested. Timber uses a relatively small amount of energy during processing compared to other building materials like metals and concrete, the timber itself is a carbon storer and has a long working life.

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