Louvin Custom Furniture
Messmate is a well-known Australian hardwood with timber varying in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach.
Messmate is a hardwood native to Tasmania and Victoria and some areas of New South Wales and southern Queensland. can grow to 90 metres tall, with a trunk up to three metres in diameter.
A well-known Australian hardwood that is popular for a wide variety of applications. It varies in colour from pale browns through to light yellows with subtle hints of peach. A species rich and warm in detail, it has an even, moderately coarse texture. The sometimes interlocking, straight grains feature beautifully defined rings. Gum veins are quite common. Messmate timber has moderate hardness and strength. It is relatively easy to work, glue and it bends well. It will readily accept stains, paints and polishes.
Messmate is mostly used for pulp production and general construction and manufacture, especially framing above ground (when protected), internal flooring, paneling, plywood, protected external use, internal joinery and furniture.
Reclaimed Australian Hardwood
The reclaimed hardwood that we offer is salvaged from demolished homes and buildings right here in Victoria. Timber that would usually end up in a rubbish pile is saved and recycled into beautiful furniture. A wide range of reclaimed timbers come through including vic ash, messmate, silver top ash, blackbutt and ironbark. Although we have little control on what gets delivered, once it is dressed the real beauty of the timber shows.
American black walnut is a medium to large hardwood, native to the eastern regions of North America. Its heartwood ranges from a golden to rich chocolate brown colour, sometimes with narrow streaks of a darker purplish-brown. American black walnut is a fine and generally straight-grained timber, although sometimes it has an attractive wavy or curly grain, giving it a highly decorative figure.
By virtue of its appearance, durability and ready workability – being only moderately hard – American black walnut is an excellent cabinetmaking timber. It performs well with both machine and hand tools and can be polished to a high finish. It glues satisfactorily if conditions are carefully controlled. It is suited to high-end cabinetwork. Other applications include general furniture and joinery work.
“Couldn’t have asked for better craftsmanship and service than I received from Leigh. Hand made, custom messmate desk which I am absolutely loving. Highly recommend. Will be getting more furniture made from him in the future!”