Huon Pine has an interesting history in Australia. At one time it was used to make the crates for apples to be transported. A native timber of Tasmania (the island bit on the bottom of Australia) it is now highly sought after as a cabinet making timber. Despite this, looking through images on the net I have seen wooden sailing boats made from this timber, recently.
My understanding of the current situation is that no trees are allowed to be felled, except in exceptional circumstances. This means new timber comes from secondary harvesting. A story I have heard (not sure of truth) is that secondary harvesting includes recovery of stumps from the bottom of lakes formed when dams were filled. Secondary Harvesting also includes removing limbs that are in danger of falling and cleaning up previously felled timber on the forest floor.
Here is some information about Huon Pine.
Anyway I have scored two good sized pieces. My mum went on a holiday with her partner to Tasmania. While there, they did a bus tour and there was another woodie on the bus. Being my mum, she regaled this poor fellow with her son’s various woody achievements. As soon as they got to Strahan, this fellow grabbed mum, dragged her into the local mill and convinced her to buy these pieces. She wont tell me how much she paid. Pricing for the timber can be as much as $4000 / cube.
Now I just have to agonise over what to make from it.
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