Current Tender at IST Smithton - images and details are available at Logs for Tender,  offers  close at 11 pm on Monday 12 October 2015.  This tender contains thirty two logs:  thirteen Huon pine craft grade, twelve paperbark, three myrtle and blackwood with figure and one leatherwood.  If you have any questions or to make an appointment time to view these logs,  please contact Craig Jaffray during business hours on 0427 546 707 or  Forms to make offers to purchase any of these logs are available at Tender Forms.  See Tender Prices for a summary of prices paid per cubic metre for a range of material in past tenders.

Results for September tender at IST Geeveston - interest was strong for the thirty two logs and offer for all but two lots were accepted.  See rounded prices for each lot in the section for IST Geeveston at Tender Prices. 

Blackwood sawlogs at IST Geeveston - small diameter utility logs and out-spec logs are available for purchase by negotiation, contact Chris Emmett on 03 6295 7161, mobile 0419 998 452 or   Chris can also mill these logs into boards or slabs and arrange delivery.

Myrtle Sawlogs for sale at IST Geeveston - old stock of large logs in good condition, plain and burled with  good myrtle colour are for sale by negotiation, contact Chris Emmett, see options above. 

Future tender dates at IST Geeveston & IST Smithton.

GEEVESTON September - Friday 11 September - Monday 21  / November Friday 6 - Monday 16.

SMITHTON : October Friday 2 - Monday 12  /  December - Friday 27 November - Monday 7 December. 

Sassafras timber and logs at IST Geeveston, black-heart, spalted and plain - see new page 'Sassafras material at IST Geeveston', from list below logo, for full current details of availability.

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'' and Contact Andrew King, tel. 03 6452 9101 or 0427 810 341.

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.

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.

IST Smithton is open for sales or inspections only by appointment, please  call Craig Jaffray, mobile 0427 546 707, for further information or to discuss a suitable appointment time.   Please send any email questions or tender offers to

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  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.   

updated on 9 September 2015

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.








updated on 2 July 2014.