Results of the March IST Geeveston tender - bids for 25 / 28 lots of fresh specialty timbers logs and timber were accepted at strong to very strong prices for most lots.  Two multi log lots of silver wattle sawlogs and one celery-top pine log were not sold.  Strong offers were made for the fresh logs of black-heart sassafras with 6 / 11 lots selling for more than $2,000 / m3, top bid $2950 / m3 and strong prices were also realised for the myrtle, blackwood, Huon and celery-top pine logs.  See the rounded prices accepted for each lot per cubic metre at 'Tender Prices'.  

If you are interested in purchasing the lots not sold by tender (lot 22, celery top pine log and lots 24 & 25 wattle sawlogs x 6) contact Chris Emmett, email, tel 03 6295 7161 or mobile 0419 998 452.  

Premium 'Tiger' Myrtle Veneer leaf - IST Smithton has this scarce and valuable veneer leaf for sale in bundle lots, many in flitch sequence @ $66 / m2.   Please contact Andrew King, mobile 0427 810 341, or email  

IST Smithton is open only by appointment, please contact Andrew King, 03 6452 9101, mobile 0427 810 341, email or Craig Jaffray, mobile 0427 546 707, to discuss your purchase requirements and a suitable appointment time.

Email notice of Tenders - if you wish to receive notice of future tenders please email this request to

Eucalypt timber, fiddle-back and featured - new stock of this dressed, seasoned eucalypt timber will soon be available at IST Geeveston, contact Chris Emmett, or tel 03 6295 7161 or 0419 998 452.   

Blackwood sawlogs available for purchase at IST Geeveston - current stocks allow Chris to negotiate a price per cubic metre for substantial sale volumes.   Please contact him to discuss your requirements.  

Timber services at IST Geeveston - small lots of dry timber can be dressed by appointment with Chris Emmett, please direct questions and bookings to his email .   A Wood Wiz machine can surface dress and sand slabs on a bed 3.5 metres x 1.5 metres @ $70 / hour.   The thicknesser with a spiral head cutter can dress boards to 600 mm in width @ $110 / hour.  Logs purchased from IST Geeveston can be milled on an modern bandsaw mill @ $140 / hour.   This timber can be racked for air seasoning and then final seasoning in a modern low-temperature kiln @ $110 / m3 of racked volume.  Please contact Chris by email to develop your plans and book these services.  

Free-form / sculpture pieces of Huon pine - IST Geeveston has a range of attractive weathered limbs, logs and stumps salvaged from traditional harvest areas which are suitable for crafting original furniture pieces, garden ornaments or indoor display pieces.   Contact Chris Emmett to discuss your project or visit the yard on weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm to see the range.  



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.