October Tender at IST Geeveston - a tender of thirty (30) specialty timbers logs (black-heart sassafras, red-heart leatherwood, figured eucalypt, myrtle, blackwood, silver wattle, celery-top pine and a large Huon pine craft log) is now open for inspection and bids.  See 'Logs for Tender' for descriptions and images of theses logs.  Download and print a Tender Form from this site - if this option does not work please request one by email from chris.emmett@sttas.com.au   Offers by hand delivery or Australia Post must arrive by close of business, 4 pm on Monday 22 October or if emailed by 10 pm on Monday October 22, 2018.  Inspections of these logs at IST Geeveston are welcome on week days between 8 am and 4 pm at Cemetery Road, Geeveston; a left turn off the road toward the Tahune Airwalk, about 0.5 km past the school.  Any questions to Mr Chris Emmett, email -  chris.emmett@sttas.com.au or tel. 03 6295 7161 or mobile 0419 998 452.  

IST Geeveston currently has fresh stock of celery-top pine poles and small sawlogs, contact chris.emmett@sttas.com.au or tel 03 6295 7161 if you wish to purchase these logs or need a small order of this timber.  

IST timber shop at Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Derwent Park, Hobart - stock of processed specialty timbers is for sale at Building 2, 26 Lampton Avenue, see STT and IST signs.   Seasoned and dressed timber / slabs of blackwood, sassafras (black-heart and spalted), myrtle, Huon pine and eucalypt burl slabs. Trading hours are 8.30 - am until 4.00 pm on weekdays or call Rebecca on tel 03 6235 8100 to discuss your requirements.  Chris Emmett, Manager at IST Geeveston, can also assist with stock enquiries or orders from IST Geeveston for collection by hand from Lampton Avenue - sorry no forklift onsite

Fresh Silver Wattle Sawlogs at IST Geeveston - select a log for milling into timber on the IST bandsaw mill - slabs, boards or squares for furniture, lining timber, stairs, posts etc or buy a truck load.  Good quality logs and well priced.   Talk to Chris Emmett.  

Fresh Blackwood Sawlogs at IST Geeveston - blackwood sawlogs  are available in lots from about 25 cubic metres either sold on truck or sawn into timber to your requirements by the IST bandsaw mill.  Please contact Mr Chris Emmett on chris.emmett@sttas.com.au for more information. 

Huon pine craftwood stock at IST Geeveston - Chris recently received about 100 tonnes of mixed craftwood logs and stumps from Forestry Tasmania at Strahan.  This material was salvaged from the historic harvest area on the Teepookana plateau during their operations to produce sawlogs for the west coast's Huon pine sawmills.  These craftwood pieces have been weathered for decades and can be used for sculptures, carving, indoor or outdoor feature pieces or to cut into slabs, squares, boards or turning blanks on the bandsaw mill at IST Geeveston or with your own chainsaw.  Contact Chris Emmett by email chris.emmett@sttas.com.au or tel 03 6295 7161 or mobile bh   0419 998 452 to discuss your requirements or to request images of this craft wood material.  

Email notice of Tenders - if you wish to receive notice of future tenders please email this request to murray.jessup@sttas.com.au

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 andrew.king@sttas.com.au  

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

Eucalypt timber, fiddle-back and featured - new stock of this dressed, seasoned eucalypt timber will soon be available at IST Geeveston, contact Chris Emmett, chris.emmett@sttas.com.au 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 chris.emmett@sttas.com.au .   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.  




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.