Huon Pine is the prince of Tasmanian Timbers.
The richness of colour and figure in the wood make it one of the world’s most desirable furniture timbers.
It’s durability and workability make it one of the best ship building timbers known.
The wood contains a natural preserving oil and it’s scent is unmistakable.
Drawn from a very slow growing tree the timber is like a time capsule. A one metre diameter section can record a thousand years of history.
Today the quality of Huon Pine continues to be recognised.
80% of Huon Pine forests are reserved for preservation.
The available timber is salvaged from rivers.
To read more about Huon Pine please go to TasTimber.gov.au
Tasmanian Blackwood is the perfect timber for the creation of fine furniture, musical instruments, panelling, internal flooring and joinery.
The varied tones range from light golden brown to deep brown. Sometimes the grain shows black streaks which makes Blackwood a classic timber.
Tasmanian Blackwood grows from the far north to the south parts of Tasmania.
Blackwood regenerates easily and as a young tree, grows quickly.
In Tasmania the harvest is strictly controlled and the forest is managed on a 70 year rotation.
This program protects the limited resource and guarantees the supply of excellent logs.
To read more interesting facts about Blackwood, please go to TasTimber.tas.gov.au
Of all of Tasmanian timbers, Sassafras has the most variable and dynamic colouring.
White Sassafras is the bulk of the material available. It is a beautiful pale, creamy grey white timber with a very light brown toning.
However, if the tree is infected with a staining fungus it produces Black Heart Sassafras. This is a timber with distinctive dark brown to black streaks running through the wood.
Sassafras grows as an under storey species in climax Myrtle rainforest in lower altitudes throughout Tasmania.
The life span of the tree is about 200 years.
To read more interesting facts about Sassafras, please go to TasTimber.tas.gov.au.
Myrtle is a striking wood with rich red, brown, and almost orange tones, even to pale and pink colouring.
Myrtle is good for turning and is used for spindle turning and bowls.
Myrtle can be fairly fast growing tree. It is able to regenerate continuously; forests can contain Myrtle trees ranging from 1 to 500 years old.
Myrtle is found in the north-west and west of the Tasmania.
82% of total forest types containing Myrtle are in reserves.
To read more interesting facts about Tasmanian Myrtle, please go to TasTimber.tas.gov.au