WOODWORKS BY TED TODD FLOORING
Jarrah Wood Flooring
Jarrah is available as one of Woodworks’ Rare Finds. This is antique wood that was first used in a building over a hundred years ago. The wood itself will be much older, having spent centuries years growing before being felled and transported thousands of miles to London.
The Jarrah planks we sell were reclaimed from a potato warehouse during the redevelopment of Kings Cross. This particular batch of wood has a fascinating history which you can read more about below.
What Is Jarrah Wood Flooring?
Jarrah is the Aboriginal name given to Eucalyptus marginata. By the 19th century the South West of Western Australia was full of huge stands of massive Jarrah trees. However, due to over exploitation, it’s very rare to still find the size of tree that were once was so common.
Jarrah started being imported to the United Kingdom in 1887 when a shipment of Jarrah blocks were sent to be used as street pavement in place of cobblestones. Many streets in wealthier areas were soon covered in creosote blocks of Jarrah including Baker Street, Oxford Road, Drury Street and the Strand.
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.
Characteristics of Jarrah Wood
The tree grows up to 40m with a trunk up to 3m in diameter and can live to be 1000 years old. When fresh, Jarrah is quite workable but when seasoned becomes so hard that conventional wood-working tools are near useless on it.
The quality of antique Jarrah available from Woodworks will never be seen again as it takes hundreds of years for the trees to mature, unfortunately trees of this number and size just aren’t around anymore. This makes the Kings Cross Jarrah planks even more precious, they should be cherished as the rare natural works of art that they are.
What are the benefits of Jarrah Wood Flooring?
As well as the unique provenance of our reclaimed Jarrah, this wood has the benefit of being extremely durable and suitable for very high traffic areas. Its water resistance means that it can used outside as well as for interior projects. In fact, The National Trust have used Woodworks Jarrah for decking in a restaurant at one of their properties.
The Jarrah that Woodworks reclaimed 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.
How to install Jarrah Wood Flooring
We always recommend that our floors are fitted by wood flooring professionals who are trained on the correct flooring preparation and underlay needed before the floor is fitted. Unless stated, all our floors are supplied fully finished so no additional work is needed on site. We also supply Floor Care Systems to ensure that the floors continue to look as good as when they were first fitted.
The best rooms for Jarrah Wood Flooring
Because of its durability and water resistance, Jarrah is suitable for use in any room as it will be able to cope with high traffic and demanding environments.
Get Started with Woodworks by Ted Todd
Start choosing a Ted Todd floor for your next project here. Our team are available to help you decide which floors may be most suitable and talk you through the correct floor and finish for your project or refer you to one of our retail partners if the flooring is for your own home. Link. Samples of our Jarrah planks are available to view in our London Design Centre.