Jarrah is a slow growing Australian hardwood known for its exceptional durability and strength. Found on the iron and aluminium rich plains of the South Western corner of Western Australia, Jarrah is only known to grow in this area. Jarrah’s beautiful deep hues are a reflection of the landscape in which it grows.
A large amount of the wood was imported to the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. Because it is so durable and water resistant, it was an ideal choice for flooring, bridges,wharves, railway sleepers and roads.
At the same time, the area around Kings Cross was developing rapidly from its humble beginnings. In 1850, the Great Northern Railway had reached London. Keen to take advantage of traffic to and from The Great Exhibition of 1851, a temporary station was built on what is now York Way. It survived long enough to be later used as a potato warehouse.
The wood that came out of the Kings Cross warehouse was in lengths of up to 6ft long and 200mm wide – which for Jarrah is very wide. We have worked this amazingly dense hardwood to manufacture wide and long engineered planks retaining their original surface patina and undulations – and even the marks made by the clout nails used to fix the boards down.