Why use wood?

Timber is a natural material which is naturally renewable as a resource. It is probably the most versatile material known to man. It has a high strength to weight ratio and good thermal properties. It can be sawn, riven, drilled, carved and turned. Generally, it is easily glued. Sawing across or along the grain will expose differently pleasing features of the same species. Timber can be finished by sawing, planning, or sanding and polished, painted, oiled or varnished, any of which can enhance the natural product in different ways.

Timber can be naturally preserved by drying, but if the species is susceptible to rotting as some narrow leafed species can be, it can be preserved by pressure impregnation of chemicals. There is a market today in all waste products accumulated from the production of timber products.

There is much debate today over the conservation of forests worldwide and the use of timber. Trees should be regarded as a crop and as such should be harvested at maturity, so that a natural resource is not wasted. This should be followed by replanting and commercially efficient husbandry to complete a full cycle.

Whilst widespread devastation of forests should be deplored, it should also be remembered that a selective felling policy does not destroy the forest and allows natural regeneration giving employment to many and valuable foreign currency for exporting countries.

Wood is aesthetically pleasing with totally natural characteristics and a multitude of beautiful colours, textures, properties and strengths which have never been successfully copied with modern materials.

Sourcing timbers

Timber is salvaged from all over the state of Tasmania, from remote deep rainforest and wild rivers. Timber is also sourced from forestry logging coupes & working with close friends in the Timber industry - to only supply you with the best! I also work very closely with private land owners dairy & cattle farmers to recover storm & wind blown down old growth trees or the recovering of trees that are going to be removed for dams on the property or removed for fencing on the farming property. Where possible, we replant elsewhere on the property more of the species that we harvested.

Protecting the giants

Under the Giant Trees policy (August 2002), Forestry Tasmania seeks to identify, manage,and protect giant trees on State forest in Tasmania. Giant Trees are defined as trees that are at least 85 metres tall or at least 280 cubic metres estimated stem volume.

The Styx Valley

This famous region contains some of the world's tallest hardwood trees, these trees can be seen in the Styx Valley Big Tree Reserve alongside the beautiful and tranquil Styx River. The Styx Valley contains Swamp Gum known to be four hundred years old and over 90 metres high. A giant Swamp Gum in the Styx Valley has been recorded at 134 metres in height.

The Florentine Valley

A forest reserve of tall Stringy Bark Eucalypts, with some of these large trees standing almost as tall as the Eucalypts growing in the Styx Valley Big Trees Reserve. The Florentine is home to a larger variety of tree species than the Styx Valley. Amongst the other commercial timber species, Sassafras, Leatherwood, Horizontal Scrub and Myrtle can be found in the Florentine Valley.

A royalty is paid to Forestry Tasmania for all timber removed from logging coupes.

Conservation

As committed conservationists we take pride in collecting timber in ways that will conserve the environment.

It is deplorable what has happened to the world's old growth forests over the past decades even here in Tasmania.

With the worlds exotic traditional tonewoods dangerously depleted and close to extinction now is the time to discover what Australian luthiers have known for years that Tasmanian tonewoods offer excellent sound volocity and density required for your custom build musical instruments.

Here at Tasmanian tonewoods we work with private land owners and friends with the same environmental views and only harvest and selective log sustainable managed working forests this way the forests will go on forever.

Sustainability

Being part of an industry that is solely dependent on wood as its precious resource it would be inconceivable for us not to advocate and support the protection and responsible management of the worlds forests in anyway possible.

It is our conviction and duty to individually as well as professionally assume responsible in this field. Individually we can not stand idly by, and see the planet’s natural renewable resource to be exploited on a scale that would ultimately come back to haunt us and future generations. Professionally we need sustainable management of forests to ensure the regeneration of our valued resource.

With unique tonewoods and speciality veneers plus high figured timbers of exceptional quality being our main focus, we are always doing our best to utilize a tree to the full extent by select harvesting only mature trees and manufacturing them into the best possible yield process, we firmly respect our products and the resources behind it and are genuinely excited by the incredible beauty and variety which wood has to offer.