The Karri tree is uniquely Western Australian, making it somewhat iconic with numerous individuals reaching fame for their vital role as fire lookouts, being featured in 19th century art by English artist Marianne North and for the sheer size and charm for a few Karris in particular.
It’s not just the striking appearance of the Karri tree that wins hearts, it is also the intoxicating scent of a forest that carries for miles on a soft breeze, filling the air with an almost indescribable scent and also the incredible organic honey that is produced from delightfully fragrant blooms that only flower once every seven to 10 years.
Karri is one of the largest living things on our planet, reaching heights of 100m when first recorded, weighing over 500 tonnes and taking nine people holding hands to reach around it’s diameter, all grown in a relatively short 400 years. The wood is hard and heavy, so hard in fact that it has a tendency to blunt cutting machines when being harvested, and is a beautiful red colour. This durability and refined look lends to the elegance of tribal Didgeridoos, many of which are made using Karri wood.