Blackbutt for planking
One for the Aussies.
I am currently sourcing timber for a 30' carvel plank medium displacement cruiser.
In my many hours of travels in search of said timber I have come across a stand of Blackbutt over 100 years old, pencil straight, which the land-owner has permission and the desire to remove.
These trees are much bigger than plantation timber, first branch is about 5 metres off the ground and the sawyer reckons he can get 30' quarter sawn boards about 12" wide out of them. He actually asked if I would prefer only quarter-sawn.
I have read what there is to find in Bootle's book regarding the species but I have no experience with it at all. Bootle says its very prone to seasoning checking but the sawyer suggests otherwise.
Its also rated M3 (more borer resistant than Huon, King Billy or Hoop Pine - about the same as Tallowwood). It seems (from reading) to be extremely strong and impact resistant - and pretty hard to work.
I had been thinking of teak for planking but we all know how unlikely that is. I'm thinking that this might be one of those rare finds.
Can anyone offer some advice on using Blackbutt for planking above and below the waterline? I'd particularly like to know how it stands up to tropical conditions, and how difficult it is to work.
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