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    Default Timber in Tasmania

    I was hoping the Forum could give me some guidance. I am taking the family on a 2 week jaunt around Tassie in the July vac. Travelling on the "Spirit", so have a small amount of potential space in the back of the station wagon to bring back a small amount of the famous "Tassie Timber". (Thought about towing a trailer, but would have added 50% to the fare). Do any of the members have information on potential places to pick up good deals? Are there any quarantine implications coming back?

    My principal interest is turning, but I also make the odd furniture piece and box.
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    Quote from a wood buddy when he was in Tassie in May this year
    "found the motherload of the goodwood, huon pine...
    call Raelene on 03 6471 7190....
    freight is pretty reasonable.."

    Sorry, this is all the info I have.

    cheers
    RufflyRustic

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    Alistair,

    The is a place on the waterfront at Strahn on the west coast of Tassie. He supplies huon pine etc. If you are going over that way take the time and do the Wilderness Railway Trip (APT Railway as was). All the locos and carriages were restored in Tasmania. The station at Queenstown is full of Sassafras, looks great.

    Down the Huon Valley at Geeveston there is Island Specialty Timbers with lots of minor species. While you are there you must go to the Tahune Airwalk.

    Don't know about quarantine regs sorry.

    By the way we also have places called "bunnings" and Mitre 10", they also sell wood.

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    If you are going to Stanley.
    Cockatoo timbers.
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    If you are down the HuonValley i am at castleforbes bay between Huonville and Geeveston,i have a fair stock of timber for your perusal at a fair price.I have sold a lot of timber to the fourum members in the past so feel free to drop in while you are going past............

    Kind Reguards Tasman
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    PM GypsyT, or call on 0439 871 077He is also up Wynyard way, and has advertised on this BB.
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    .....so go4it people!

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    If you're travelling between Devonport and Exeter on the Frankford h/way stop at the Frankford sawmill. He has tons of craftwood offcuts. Probably no huon though but worth the stop.
    At Legana, 15km north of Launceston theres a small craftwood supplier in the industrial area. Hes very popular with local woodworkers.
    Enjoy your stay.

    Neil

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    If you should go past Cockatoo timbers please tell them that the poor B at Albany in WA is still waiting after 8 weeks and 3 phone calls for the veneer he ordered.
    Alf GOM

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    Hi guys. I'm on a similar venture - 6 weeks in Tassie beginning around 10 July. Tasman - have seen the great deals that some board members have recevied (missed out when Grunt et al split all the Tassie Blackwood.... ). Was hoping to be able to give you a visit. Is there anyway I can get something like a pricelist / current stock list etc? Was also considering the trailer etc idea...so would love to know what you have at the moment...

    All the best & See you down there in a few weeks....

    Chris

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    Default Hi Chris........

    If you are considering bringing a trailer over to purchase a reasonable amount of timber it is far cheaper than freight so i would encourage the idea.
    I have a reasonable stock of slabs and milled boards mostly 6"X1" and some square in B/W and Myrtle all air dried.We are abot to mill some b/w into 8"X1" from big logs and i expect it to be of select quality boards.


    Reguards Tasman
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    Red face New Timber Source

    Hi all,
    Have heard a little rumour that a new Island Specialty Timber branch is opening up in Smithton, apparently on the same lines as IST in Geeveston.
    Perhaps it will be a good source for all the blackwood, sassafrass and leatherwood in the area??
    NWT

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    Default Tassie Veneer

    I got my veneer from Cockatoo Timbers Friday arvo and it is stunning. I would suggest you save a bit of space to drop in and get some. I got some from Gunns some time ago but Cockatoo,s is far superior and better value for money.
    Cheers
    Alf
    PS it was well worth waiting for!!

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    NWT.
    my source says its only to buy local logs and to ship them to Geeveston
    for processing.
    p.t.c

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubchain
    The is a place on the waterfront at Strahn on the west coast of Tassie. He supplies huon pine etc.
    I bought some timber at the sawmill on the Strahan waterfront a couple of years ago. It is behind a wood display centre, I can't remember the names.
    Had no worries bringing it back on the boat.

    If in Strahan you have to do the river cruise, absolutely stunning and you get to see many of Tasmanias great timbers still standing.
    If you do go down near Castle Forbes Bay make sure you go to the Hartz caves as well as the Tahune Airwalk. There is also a wood centre somewhere around there where you can sometimes catch turning displays.

    Jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tasman
    If you are down the HuonValley i am at castleforbes bay between Huonville and Geeveston
    Castle Forbes Bay huh!!

    Don't happen to know any Driessens? (I grew up in Grove).

    Jack
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