Regenerated Totara is an excellent native softwood timber with a fine, even texture and beautiful finish. It has a rich light colouring giving it a smooth modern look.
Totara has good structural stability, with excellent machining and working properties. It bends well forming a predictable even consistent curve. Gluing and finishing totara is not a significant issue, with a modern range of excellent finishing products available.
Totara is naturally durable (chemical free). Totara heartwood is very durable in the ground; a 50 x 50mm stake would last in excess of 25 years, an equivalence to H4 Hazard class. The sapwood is considered to be relatively more durable than most other sapwood timbers and much more resistant to the common house borer.