Current Tender of Hydrowood logs recovered from Lake Pieman, offers close Tuesday 8 December 2015 -  Sassafras with black-heart, Celery-top pine, Blackwood & Myrtle - this is the first tender conducted by Island Specialty Timbers on behalf of SFM Hydrowood and contains twenty seven (27) Hydrowood logs and eleven (11) Hydrowood logs milled into slabs.  To discover more about this innovative venture go to   Follow their link from 'Where to Buy' to see details and images of the thirty eight (38) lots. This material is located at Wynwood Sawmill, about 7 km from Wynyard, contact Stuart Swanson,, mobile 0457 180 089, if you have any questions about the material, or to arrange a week-day viewing time.  Tender forms can be viewed or printed from this website at 'Tender Forms'.  Delivery options and deadlines for acceptance are shown on the Tender Form.   If you have questions about this tender process contact Murray Jessup, email or if urgent, in business hours, 0409 951 202.

Tender at IST Geeveston - all thirty one lots sold at strong prices, depending on quality, to ten different buyers.  See 'Tender Prices' for rounded prices accepted for each lot.

Huon pine craft logs at IST Geeveston - fresh stock is now available for selection.  The price is $830 / m3 derived from weight on a weighbridge and a density converstion factor.  Millings services are also available for this material.  Contact Mr Chris Emmett on 03 6295 7161 or  

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.
The schedule of tender dates for January - June 2016 will be added before the end of November, watch this space.

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.