Easter - Anzac Day closures - IST Geeveston, open Wed 23 & Thurs 24 April.  IST Strahan, open by appointment on Wed 23 & Thurs 24 April, call Leigh Clark to confirm a time, mobile 0418 599 205.  IST Smithton, closed Wed 23 & Thurs 24 April.  All IST yards will be open, with usual contacts from Monday 28 April.

April Tender at IST Geeveston - 11 Sassafras, 9 with black-heart, 3 Leatherwood with red-heart, and one log each of Huon and celery-top pine, blackwood, figured eucalypt and musk, will be offered for sale by tender closing on Wednesday 23 April, just after Easter.  See images and descriptions at 'Logs for Tender' (some log numbers out of sequence - trying to fix), download and print the 'Tender Form' and bid for one of these specialty timber logs.  Any questions to Mr Chris Emmett, chris.emmett@forestrytas.com.au or 03 6295 7161 or 0419 998 452. 

Dorrel, Myrtle and Cheesewood Veneers at IST Smithton - fresh veneers for sale, superb figure and colour in the dorrel and myrtle at $66 / m2 and pale even coloured cheesewood at $44 / m2.  Wide veneers, most 190 mm or wider, cheesewood bundles are 1.1 m or 1.2 m lengths but dorrel and myrtle in long lengths.  See 'Veneers for sale'', more details on sizes will be provided asap. 

Prices accepted in March - April tender at IST Smithton - 7 / 9 lots sold at good prices, see the last section of the 'Tender Prices' page.

Email notice of Tenders - if you wish to receive notice of future tenders and newsletters please email a request to Murray Jessup at  murray.jessup@forestrytas.com.au

Kiln drying and other dry timber services at IST Geeveston - IST Geeveston have used modern low-temperature kilns since 2008 for the final seasoning of specialty timbers.  Packs of green timber from milled logs can be racked onto pallets for air seasoning and kiln drying. Your air seasoned timber can also be racked on pallets for final kiln seasoning.  Please contact the Manager Mr Chris Emmett to discuss kiln capacity and timing.  Kiln drying is charged at $110 / m3 for the volume of the timber rack, with spacing sticks.  IST Geeveston also offers timber dressing or sanding and slab preparation.  See the 'Milling and Timber Services' section for more details.

Myrtle boards and slabs for sale, IST Geeveston - packs of air dried 50 mm thick slabs and boards and 125 mm x 25 mm boards, see 'Wide Dry Slabs' and 'Sawn Timber for Sale'.  The first fair price offers to Chris Emmett, 03 6295 7161 or chris.emmett@forestrytas.com.au will be accepted.

Horizontal Scrub for sale at IST Geeveston - a range of small, medium and large (150 - 200 mm) diameter pieces of horizontal scrub (seasoned and green) is available.   Some large pieces have been milled into bark-on slabs and bark free pieces, both types are seasoned. 

IST Smithton is open for sales of logs and poles, (not sawn timber)  but only by appointment, please contact Andrew King, 03 6452 9101, mobile 0427 810 341, email andrew.king@forestrytas.com.au or Craig Jaffray, mobile 0427 546 707, for further information or to discuss a suitable appointment time.

Premium 'Tiger' Myrtle Veneer leaf - IST Smithton has this scarce and valuable veneer leaf for sale in bundle lots, many in flitch sequence.    Be quick - $66 / m2, contact Andrew King, mobile 0427 810 341, or  by email to andrew.king@forestrytas.com.au  See images of 'tiger' myrtle figure in the New Stock section.   Also in stock are cheesewood veneer bundles some 180 mm wide and some 200 mm wide, see Veneers for Sale.   

Island Specialty Timbers, (IST) an enterprise of Forestry Tasmania was established at Geeveston in 1992 to increase the recovery, availability and value of specialty timbers from harvesting activities in State forests.   Now three operation centres for IST - Geeveston, Strahan and Smithton, receive or select logs, burls and stumps to sell to wood users or sawmills.  IST Geeveston also mill some logs, burls and stumps into slabs or timber  which are sold seasoned or green for furniture or craft designer / makers, builders, wood-turners, boat builders / repairers and luthiers.  IST Strahan salvage and sell Huon pine craft logs, craftwood, limbwood and stumps.  IST Smithton sell a range of raw material: logs, burls, stumps plus Huon pine craft logs, craft pieces and limb wood.       No sawn timber is sold from IST Smithton or IST Strahan, please contact sawmills at Smithton, Camdale, Strahan, or Lynchford (south of Queenstown).

The special timbers processed by IST are harvested from forests whose managment by Forestry Tasmania has been certified under national and international standards, the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the International Standards for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001).

The three IST sites are licensed Chain of Custody members, FTT 08005, to guarantee customers that all their raw material and products are Tasmanian fine timbers sourced from AFS certified forests.  The Chain of Custody system is managed by Fine Timber Tasmania Inc., maintained by a coordinator and is annually assessed by independent auditors.

Huon Pine material is sourced from sites previously harvested for sawlogs, from stockpiles salvaged many years ago, prior to dam construction and from logs recovered after river floods. 

About ninety (90) per cent of all Huon Pine forests are permanently reserved within National Parks & Reserves.

 

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updated on 8 April 2014.