Island Specialty Timbers IST recovers and sells whole logs, stumps and burls from Tasmania’s native special species, sourced from Permanent Timber Production Zone land (PTPZl) which is managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT).
Customers may select and purchase a log/s from the IST Geeveston stocks of blackwood, eucalypt, silver wattle, myrtle, celery-top pine and craft grade Huon pine.
Premium quality logs and black-heart sassafras logs chosen for sale in tenders cannot be selected for direct purchase.
Log prices, $ per cubic metre or tonne, May 2021
Red-heart ti tree logs - April 2022, IST Geeveston has a good supply of fresh and recently harvested red-heart ti tree logs are available for purchase by negotiation. A milling service is also available to process logs to your requirements. Please contact Mr Chris Emmett at IST Geeveston if you have any questions or wish to discuss price, milling or delivery.
Huon pine - outspec logs $900, stumps $1000 / t, limbwood <150 mm diameter $1500 / t
Blackwood Cat 4 SL $265, Utility grade $200 Silver Wattle Cat 4 SL $200 Myrtle Cat 4 SL $265 Celery-top pine Cat 4 SL $350, Utility $285.
Note: logs prepared to specific lengths attract an additional fee of $35 per tonne / m3.
Any selected log or a log purchased from a tender can be milled at IST Geeveston on the Woodmizer bandsawmill and the timber can be racked for air and kiln seasoning; see 'Our Services' for likely costs.
At intervals of one or two months selected premium quality logs are offered for sale by tender at IST Geeveston or less often at STT Strahan or STT Smithton. See Tendering and the Current Tender section for news of current, past or future tenders.
IST Geeveston has stocks of celery-top pine poles from 150 mm - 300 mm diameter and in lengths from 3 - 11 metres. Straight poles from about 200 mm in diameter and up to 6 metres in length can be milled into square or rectangular beams.
Pole prices $ / lineal metre (for a few selected sizes) large end diameters mm, 150 - $25 / 200 - $30 / 250 - $35 / 300 - $40.
Natural untreated poles can be used for internal building poles and beams. Please be aware that the sapwood of celery-top pine logs and poles is not externally durable and can be targeted by native borers.
Contact Mr Chris Emmett at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 03 6295 7161 or 0419 998 452 to discuss your requirements and the likely costs.
A brief description of the species available at IST follows:
MyrtleMyrtle is the dominant tree in Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforests and in the understorey of mixed wet eucalypt forests.
SassafrasSassafras grows as an understorey tree in Tasmania’s wet mixed forests and rainforests.
BlackwoodBlackwood is the most commercially available and widely used Tasmania specialty timber.
Silver WattleSilver Wattle, grow quickly into tall straight trees in eucalypt forests and in pure wattle stands.
Huon PineHuon Pine is Australia’s oldest living tree which produces Tasmania’s iconic specialty timber.
Celery-top pineCelery-top pine grows in Tasmania’s wet mixed forests and rainforests commonly with myrtle and sassafras trees.
LeatherwoodLeatherwood timber is hard, strong, moderately heavy, easily worked and has a very fine grain.
EucalyptTwenty nine species of eucalypts grow widely in a range of habitats across Tasmania from sea level to alpine peaks.
King Billy pineMost of the high elevation forests where this native softwood grows in Tasmania are within permanent reserves or in tenures not available for timber production.
Other Tasmanian specialty timbers and raritiesAs a rule, specialty timber is recovered from logging operations where quality merits which extends to figure, colour and ability to process.