Taun is a large hardwood of wide distribution, from Sri Lanka eastwards through South - East Asia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea to Samoa.

2. Heartwood is reddish brown. Sapwood is pale pink to pale reddish brown, not always clearly differentiated from the heartwood and to 50mm wide. An identifying feature is that the shavings produce froth when shaken with water. The texture is moderately coarse and even. Grain straight or shallowly interlocked producing some ribbon figure. No taste or odour in the seasoned wood.

3. Air Dry Density varies from about 680 kg/m3 for Papua New Guinea material to 850 kg/m3 for Malaysian wood.

4. Careful drying needs to avoid blue stains, warping and surface checking. Shrinkage is 3.5 per cent radial and 5.5% tangential.

5. Relatively easy to work but the sanding dust may be irritating to mucous membranes. Glues and nails well. Good for steam bending.

6. Lyctids S, termites NR, durability IG3 (IG = inground), AG2 (AG = Above ground), M4.

7. Uses: Furniture, flooring, cladding, carving, boat building, joinery, handles and plywood.

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    Timber, Wall Panels & Cladding , Timber Flooring

FJ/Lam - 145x35, 190x35, 145x45, 145x72, 190x72, 245x72mm ( all blanked and 5.4m long), D4S - Screening 42x19, 65x19, 90x19mm.

Scope of use


  • Structure
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Mouldings
  • Wall/Ceiling 


  • Structure
  • Furniture
  • Fencing
  • Deck/Floor
  • Doors/Windows
  • Mouldings

Certifications Available

Taun stains uniformly to a colour of choice 

Taun can be kiln-dried satisfactorily. However, preliminary air drying is recommended to alleviate degradation. All material should be quarter-sawn. 

Working Qualities
When working with seasoned timber, sander dust may irritate the mucous membrane. Workshops should be well ventilated and staff should wear face masks or respirators. 

Taun can be used for flooring, decking, staircase materials, furniture, bearers and joists, boat building, ribs and planking.

Basic Info

Durability In Ground Perishable/Non Durable
Durability Above Ground Durable 

Density Air Dry 680 kg/m3

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness 6.5 kN
Modulus of Rupture 106 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity 14 GPa
Max Crush Strength 60 MPa
Strength Group Seasoned SD5

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Timspec was established in 1990 as a wholesaler of specialty timber and was wholly New Zealand owned. In March 2019 Timspec was acquired by ITI Australia and became ITI Timspec LTD.  

Today we import, export, and wholesale a huge range of timber to builders, joiners, home owners, floor layers, landscape builders and furniture manufacturers. We pride ourselves on being environmentally responsible and strive to source the most sustainable timber options available. Timber stocked includes species from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand's exotic as well as indigenous species. 

The ITI Timspec team are extremely knowledgeable about the various types of timber, treatments and uses available and are happy to help you in choosing the right product for your project.