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Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla)
Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla)

Common Name(s): Brigalow, orkor

Scientific Name: Acacia harpophylla

Distribution: Australia

Average Dried Weight: 59.3 lbs/ft3 (950 kg/m3)

Janka Hardness: 2,250 lbf (10,000 N)

Comments: A small to medium sized tree yielding a dense, moderately fine grained hardwood. Brigalow is not commercially harvested, but hobbyists and other craft mills may utilize this wood on a limited basis. Brigalow trees are most closely related to the smaller gidgee (Acacia cambagei)—though the latter’s wood is slightly more dense.

Note: This is a truncated profile page. If you have any helpful info or experience with this wood species, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to integrate any relevant data when I expand the page. ~Eric

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[caption id="attachment_22069" align="alignleft" width="300"]Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla)[/caption]

Identification: See the article on Hardwood Anatomy for definitions of endgrain features.

Brigalow (endgrain 10x)
Brigalow (endgrain 10x)
Brigalow (endgrain 1x)
Brigalow (endgrain 1x)

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It is uniquely identified by it’s smell when worked. It smells strongly of Violets. One of my favorite timbers to work with to be honest.

Last edited 3 months ago by Charlie

I think I have some if this wood. The wood is very dense/heavy and when I saw it, it makes a very fine yellow oily dust. When I shine a light on it it turns from brown to yellow.


The brown wood is very heavy and makes a yellow mustard dust when turning