The timber works easily, but because of frequent knots tends to tear out during planing. The wood can be stained and polished, but tends to split in nailing
|Colour / Appearance||The sapwood is narrow and creamy-white in colour, and the heartwood is purplish or pinkish-red when freshly cut, becoming a uniform reddish-brown colour after drying|
|Grain / Texture||The wood is soft with a fine even grain, and it can be whittled easily, making it the standard wood for lead pencils|
|Janka Hardness||890 lbf (3,960 N)|
|Uses||The fragrant, aromatic wood is also used for pencils, cigar boxes, linen and blanket chests, ship building, coffins, panelling and interior trim|
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