My largest chopping board yet. #1: Sourcing the timber.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 01-23-2012 10:03 AM 7872 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many of you have asked where I get my timber…

Well I will let you in on a little secret…[For all the Australian Readers.]

Even though I have nearly 20 tonnes of timber in stock, when I need a special piece I go and see Trevor Gaskiel at Northgate [Brisbane]

Trevor, an accomplished and highly acclaimed woodworker, is a timber merchant specialising in Tasmanian Timbers.

All who frequent the Timber shows around Australia, will know Trevor and most probably have bought timber from Trevor at one time or other… what you may not now is that you can buy timber from Trevor all year around.

Trevor’s woodstore has been likened to Aladdin’s Cave … due to the vast treasures that can be found there… Tasmanian Blackwood, Myrtle, Huon Pine and Celery Top Pine are in abundant supply.

Figured examples abound.. as well as turning blanks of all sizes… this is just a small selection in a shipping container… the rest is under his house in racks.. a veritable labyrinth..

For the eagle eyed amongst you, there is two pieces of Purple Heart in the foreground of the picture above… these came from my very limited supply, for a client of Trevor’s….I exchanged these for some Blackwood, Huon and Camphor… shown in the boot of my car..

A closer shot… the camphor was too long for the boot …had to drop the centre of the back seat…

Some of this timber is destined for the Chopping Block I intend to build… this will be the biggest I have build so far and I intend to blog about the process from sourcing the timber to the finished item being picked up by it’s new owner…[Later this week]

I always think I have got the better end of my dealings with Trevor… while he doesn’t give timber away, you always go away very happy with the deal. Good quality timber at a good price…

So next time you want something a little different for that special project give Trevor a call on [07] 33146816 or try his mobile 0403496 403. If you are fortunate enough to live in S. E. Queensland, you can arrange to go over and have a butchers at his fabulous store of wonderful timbers.

You will not be disappointed… I never am…

Just remember to mention my name.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 10:12 AM

Too cool!

-- Jesse --

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 11:00 AM

That would be one advantage of living in Queensland Larry, having a supplier like Trevor close by. I spotted the Purple Heart straight off, haven’t found a good supplier in Victoria but close enough to Tasmania to get some good pieces. Bst of luck with the chopping block.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 11:38 AM

Thanks for the blog. What a store of treasures. Roll on part two!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 02:00 PM

you lucky dog, i knew you had something up your sleave, and what lurks within the piles of timber behind your shed, know one knows…but you…lol…...puting that purple heart into the center of these stacks…lol…....thanks for the tour…cant wait to see this next board….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 02:33 PM

Oh yes I will hop right over—LOL—I do remember what it is like to have a close good supplier of special woods. While I was in Houston there was a place there that had almost any exotic wood one wanted, it was self serve just go inside and choose what you needed. well that really changed when I moved to a small south Georgia town, nothing here and have to have what I want shipped in at double the price yet cheaper than me driving to get it. Lived in Melbourne for awhile and miss the Aussie woods available there.

Larry that drink twice gets me in trouble I want a third.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 03:10 PM

Looking forward to seeing the continuation of your project blog Larry. Where will the XXL board be used?

I am able to get some more exotic types of woods here in Norway now. We also have caves filled with timber here in Norway too. Unfortunately they are all filled with pine and fir. We do have great Christmas trees though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 07:39 PM

Can’t wait for the rest of the story

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 11:00 PM

I wish I had a “trevor” in my area.

Looking foreward to the largest board ever! :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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