View Full Version : Is gorse a good wood?

Caleb Chia
01-03-2007, 04:13 AM
Ive got lots of gorse. Is gorse good for anything? Has anyone tried using it? It seems pretty tough and hard. Has anyone got any info about it?

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-03-2007, 04:26 AM
The stuff I know as gorse (Ulex Europaeus) is a fine decorative finish for a rough hill - pretty yellow colour and ours in in flower now.

Produces thick grey-green greasy smoke when burned green.

But you are in New Zealand - what does NZ gorse look like.

Jeremy Burnett
01-03-2007, 04:42 AM
I believe it was commonly used for Thole pins in rowing boats.

Caleb Chia
01-03-2007, 05:45 AM
Used for thole pins? Cool! Just what I wanted to do.

...But you are in New Zealand - what does NZ gorse look like.

NZ gorse is a pest. The spikes are long, hard and sharp (exept for the young shoots). It grows too well and is abominably prickly. The trunks grow into all sorts of twisty shapes.
A fine decorative finish for a hill? Arrhhg!! We have too many hills over here overdecorated with it. Ours are also flowering now.

01-05-2007, 11:51 PM
makes dam good fires once it's dry and piled up also wetas like living in it.... one place i worked we had a guy from USA working with us he had a collection of NZ wooden items to take home with him cups saucers boxes e.c.t.... every species or tree he could get that was native to NZ.... including Gorse!!! he was dissapointed when told gorse isn't NZ native.
it was a nice bit of turning tho.