Forestry and timber partners
Bush mill marks a century… Britton Timbers is a family company that has grown from a small bush mill in the early 1900s, to a major exporter of fine Tasmanian timbers.
Using Tasmanian oak, blackwood and myrtle, the company creates high-quality veneers for furniture and commercial outfits, plus floorings, skirtings and architraves from processed timber. As the largest privately owned hardwood sawmill in Tasmania, Britton Timbers employs 50 people and exports to Singapore, New Zealand, United States and China.
Craig Howard & Son
Fine furniture maker and designer.
Craig Howard & Son creates traditional and contemporary one off pieces of fine furniture, using traditional construction methods like hand cut dovetails. Tasmanian special species timber is sourced from a chain of custody supplier, which we cut from logs ourselves to achieve the best grain and colour patterns. The logs are then air and kiln dried on site.
My son Jack and myself are fifth generation timber workers. We have received two Business East Awards for Excellence, and a Salamanca Rotary Club Award for Excellence.
I was also awarded the Tasmanian apprentice of the year award from 1980 to 1983.
We have sold fine furniture all over Australia and several pieces have been sold oversees. Delivery is not a problem as we box and wrap the furniture.
We are currently producing 3 mm thick sustainable eco timber in Tasmanian special species which makes this resource more sustainable for future generations.
Denman Marine specialises in Wooden boat construction, repair and restoration using Tasmania's world renowned boat building timbers.
Kettering based Denman Marine was founded by Andrew Denman in 2005 and since establishment, Denman Marine has built or restored nearly 50 vessels, which are now spread throughout Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas.
Denman Marine utilises both traditional and modern timber boat building methods and is renowned for their high levels of finish and ability to custom build vessels to suit client needs.
Denman Marine has experience in providing vessels for film and television production - an example of which was the production of custom vessels for the Hollywood film Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Denman Marine also holds exclusive agencies for the following international companies;
• Swallow Boats(UK)
• Barton Marine Products (UK)
• Bruynzeel Plywood (France)
• Chesapeake Light Craft (USA) – the world’s largest kit boat producer
Although one of Australia’s southern most boat builders, transport of completed vessels is easily arranged to any mainland or worldwide destination.
Design Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a successful Tasmania where 'Design makes the Difference' to enterprises, the community, and individuals.
Design Tasmania operates from the Gary Cleveland Galleries in Launceston as a state-wide organisation to inform, educate, and expose the public, designers, and opinion leaders to the best in design and design thinking. It houses five beautiful interconnected gallery spaces and adjoins Price Hall which is home to our Retail Store.
Design Tasmania's vision is to engage and enable the Tasmanian design community. Design Tasmania exhibits, promotes, and provides mentoring support for Tasmanian designers and craftspeople.
We lead a vibrant and engaged design community connected to contemporary issues such as resources and material, skills, and industry. We encourage tacit benefits for the success and career sustainability of individuals in the design and wider Tasmanian community.
Design Tasmania is positioned to further promote Tasmania as a dynamic leader in the Australian design landscape through commitment to collaboration, innovation, and meaningful action at a state, national, and international level. This is articulated through the presentation of our seasonal exhibitions, design development programs, forums and talks, awards, workshops, the Design Tasmania Wood Collection, place-based camping retreats as professional career enhancements, the retail environment, participation in festivals, and presentation of events.
Our legacy is a state-wide craft and design awareness and expertise, based on research and advocacy within a context of international best practice.
Engineers Australia (Tasmania Division)
Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.
Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Engineers Australia Tasmania Division is based in Hobart and has approximately 1300 members statewide. The Tasmania Division advocates for the recognition of the role Engineering plays in the Tasmanian economy and community and provides opportunities to advance knowledge to the benefit of the state
Fine Timber Tasmania Inc
Fine Timber Tasmania is a not-for-profit association, with membership reflecting all components of the special timber supply chain; growers, processors, makers and retailers.
It is the owner of a Chain of Custody certificate, certified to AS4707 and recognised under the Australian Forest Certification Scheme. This provides an assurance of the legal and sustainable origin of logs, being a key selling point for high value timber products.
The FTT Chain of Custody is managed on behalf of Fine Timber Tasmania Inc by Tasmanian Quality Assured and independently audited by Global Mark, an assurance of quality and integrity. The system is growing in acceptance and now has the main special timber processors either as licencees accredited to use the system or applicants. It is present in high profile sites such as the Salamanca Market where a majority of woodcraft stalls have applied to become licensees. It is becoming a requirement of entry into discerning markets within Australia and internationally.
Furniture manufacturers, designer makers and other commercial users are joining as the system grows in acceptance as an assurance that special timber purchased or within product is legally sourced from sustainably managed forests certified to the Australian Forest Certification Scheme.
No matter where you are in the chain, the Fine Timber Tasmania Chain of Custody has the potential to add value to your fine timber product.
Forestry Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise responsible for sustainably managing approximately 800,000 hectares of public production forest (Permanent Timber Production Zone land) for the benefit of current and future generations; for undertaking forest operations for the production and sale of forest products from these forests (including at least 137,000 cubic metres of high quality sawlogs per annum); and for providing the foundation for a strong, competitive and sustainable Tasmanian forest industry.
Forestry Tasmania’s key activities include: native forest and plantation harvesting and re-establishment; sale of high quality sawlogs, peeler billets, specialty timbers and log residues to domestic and/or international customers; land and native forest management (including research, forest inventory, resource mapping and modelling); plantation establishment and management; fire fighting and fuel reduction burning; road construction and maintenance; industry and market development; and forest based tourism. Forestry Tasmania also provides professional and technical services to other landowners and forest managers in Australia and overseas.
Forestry Tasmania is committed to sustainably managing Tasmania’s public production forests in accordance with the highest science based standards and the requirements of third party certification. Forestry Tasmania aims to be a trusted source of certified timber and other forest products for this and future generations.
Horticultural And Landscape Supplies
Horticultural Supplies is the largest garden supply businesses in Tasmania, with representation in both the north and south of the state.
We also package potting mixes, composts, mulches and fertilisers under contract for mainland companies. We are developing a number of products that have under the HALS brand that will have innovative Tasmanian inputs.
Below the waters of Tasmania’s west coast dam lies a treasure hidden for over 25 years. An ancient forest lost to the deep, dark waters. Lost, that is, until today.
Below the waters of Tasmania’s west coast dams lies a treasure hidden for over 25 years. An ancient forest lost to the deep, dark waters. Lost, that is, until today.
A treasure that includes some of Tasmania’s rarest and most sought after specialty timbers. Most species we harvest are in short supply and almost never found as intact logs. And they certainly don’t come with such a unique story.
This isn’t recycled wood already used and full of rusty bolts and nails. And it isn’t reclaimed wood found on a musty forest floor, years dead and scavenged from amongst the leaf litter.
This is real wood. Solid timber that comes untouched and intact. Wood that craftsmen and master builders dream of working with.
Wood with a story to tell, a character like no other and in quantities thought never to be seen again.
This is Hydrowood.
And now it is available to you.
Boutique Souvenirs made from finely milled Huon Pine
The brand has been developed around the last five letters of its botanical name. LAGOSTROBOS FRANKLINII.
The Huon Pine is Australia's oldest living tree and is endemic to Tasmania.
Linii Tasmania sell innovative boutique finely milled packaged Huon Pine. We are Tasmanian owned and operated; all raw product is legally sourced from the West Coast.
It has been certified Australian Made.
With our main product packaged in 70gm and 285gm Jute Bags with contemporary screen printing, information tags and “ON POINT” presentation.
The product is vacuum packed to ensure it is as fresh as the day it left the sawmill. Our products have traveled through several international ports and have always cleared customs.
Our range offers generous profit margins and will add product diversity and new customer engagement to any business stocking Linii.
Our manufacturing process supports people with intellectual disabilities.
McKay Timber was established in 1947 and has grown from being a small timber merchant into a major truss manufacturer, sawmiller and timber supplier. We are 100% Tasmanian family owned and operated.
Using Chain of Custody Certified Tasmanian Oak produced from our state of the art sawmill at Brighton and kiln dried and processed at our Glenorchy plant providing a full range of quality Tas Oak timber for, furniture, flooring, lining, architraves and F17 framing. We are also stockists of treated pine, radiata pine, Australian wormy chestnut, American Oak and BAL fire resisting timbers including , blackbutt, spotted gum and jarrah.
With sales outlets in Glenorchy and Prospect we cater for general public and the building industry. Also service market Australia wide and export to New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and China.
McKay Timber employs 97 full time employees on three site state wide and operates Truss Plant in the north and south of the state.
The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products
The PFG Group Pty Ltd (PFG) is a Tasmanian owned and operated company with almost four decades of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic solutions and commercial products to the marine, aquaculture, mining, civil construction, industrial services and agriculture sectors. PFG also owns and operates Prairie Signs, Tasmania’s only statewide graphics company.
PFG currently has three factories in Tasmania and two in South Australia and we distribute products and services globally. Our head office is located on the waterfront in Goodwood and with factory/warehouse infrastructure exceeding 12,000 square metres, we have the facilities and logistical expertise to service the local Tasmania market while further expanding our national and international opportunities. PFG employ approximately 50 staff across all sites.
SFM Environmental Solutions
Established in 2001, SFM is committed to achieving sustainable forest management and natural resource management in Tasmania, Australia and globally.
100% Tasmanian owned and through employing graduates from Tasmania we are keeping Tasmania's quality in Tasmania.SFM is able to offer a diverse range of forestry, environmental planning and project management services to a broad range of cliental. SFM exports our services nationally and we have undertaken studies for a broad spectrum of clients including individual landholders, regional land use committees, natural resource mangers, water supply authorities, local government and state and federal land management agencies.
We pride ourselves in maintaining quality operating systems to ensure the viability of our company and the natural resources we manage - true sustainability in action.
Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Tasports is a State-Owned Company responsible for 11 of Tasmania's key ports. Our purpose is to facilitate trade for the benefit of Tasmania with a focus on customers as business drivers.
Tasports formed on 1 January 2006 following the merger of the Hobart, Devonport, Burnie and Launceston port corporations. The statewide organization was established to improve logistics solutions and rationalise resources to deliver a more efficient and consistent service to customers.
Tasport's main services include pilotage, security, navigation, port control, and emergency response. Tasports also provides cold storage and warehousing, quarantine services, along with towage, salvage and floating plant for marine engineering, construction and coastal haulage.
Not restricted to seaports, Tasports also operates the Devonport Airport as well as the Burnie and Bell Bay woodchip loader infrastructure.
In recent years Tasports has worked to prioritise investment in our ports. Tasports has developed port precinct and land use strategies that support a long term vision of port use. Tasports is cognisant of both commercial and community uses of ports and has therefore developed a four year plan to re-invest in high use community assets around the state.
Tasmanian Salvaged Resurrection Timbers Pty Ltd
Supplier of Tasmanian Minor species Timbers for musical instruments supplier to Taylor guitars in the U.S.A. Plus Fender.
Excellence in design and manufacture – ready for export… Witt Design in Hobart, works in close collaboration with some of Tasmania's leading furniture designers to produce contemporary, high quality furniture that is ready for export.
The precision, computer-controlled manufacturing process allows the product to be flat packed for efficient freight.
A long-standing relationship with recognised designer, Peter Costello, has seen the emergence of furniture for both office and residential settings, using Tasmanian speciality timbers. The company exports to the United States and New Zealand and is keen to source new markets.
A Special Species Management Plan, featuring a “tread widely, tread lightly” harvesting approach, was released by the Tasmanian Government in October.
5 November 2017, Edition 189
Special timbers plan released
The State Government has released a draft Special Species Management Plan for a six-week public consultation period. An accompanying statement said: “Unfortunately, while the plan sets out a way forward for the sector, a large proportion of the resource identified will not be able to be accessed in practice until our legislation to unlock production forests and fix up the unworkable application process for special species harvesting is passed … it is highly unlikely that special species can be harvested from these production forests until Labor – who blocked our legislation in the Legislative Council – reverse their opposition to it.” Andrew Denman of the Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance welcomed the plan’s release. “As the broader forestry sector moves to a re-growth/plantation-based forestry model over the next few years, the special timbers sector, through this plan, has an opportunity to move in a new direction where special timber management is more specific and individually tailored to improve sector outcomes.”
6 September 2017, Edition 187
State backs timber for building
All Tasmanian Government projects will now be required to consider locally sourced timber in project design following the adoption of the Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy, foreshadowed in last year’s Budget. The Minister for Building and Construction, Guy Barnett, said: “In a first for any Australian State, the policy means wood will need to be considered for use in future public building projects, leading to a wide range of new opportunities to utilise Tasmanian timber.” Mr Barnett was speaking at Federal Group’s newly completed MACq 01 Hotel, which features Tasmanian timbers on exterior and interior finishes. Mr Barnett said the hotel was an example of how building projects could add value to sustainably sourced wood. Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign Manager, David Rowlinson, said: “Responsibly sourced, certified timber is the only major building material that helps tackle climate change.” Mr Rowlinson hopes other States will follow Tasmania’s lead.
4 July 2017, Edition 185
Innovative business Hydrowood — and the government decision-makers who backed it — have struck an unusual jackpot in Tasmania’s manmade lakes.
1 May 2017, Edition 183
SA cathedral chooses blackwood
Tasmanian blackwood has been chosen for the restoration of a massive 16-tonne pipe organ at Adelaide’s St Francis Xavier Cathedral. A rare Canadian Casavant Frères pipe organ was moved from Montreal and rebuilt in Adelaide. The organ’s 3,500 pipes, weighing 16 tonnes in total, were painstakingly reassembled under the supervision of a renowned South Australian master craftsman, Lex Stobie. Britton Timbers at Smithton supplied Mr Stobie with blackwood for the façade, case work and other associated cabinetry around the incredible instrument. Blackwood had the right colour and grain to achieve a fresh, modern look in a traditional church setting.
6 April 2017, Edition 182
Local designer exhibits in Milan
A legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker has been selected to exhibit his work at the Euroluce lighting show in Milan, Italy, this month. One of the world’s biggest lighting trade shows, Euroluce hosts about 500 exhibitors and admitted more than 300,000 attendees last year. Duncan Meerding makes lamps from tree stumps that would usually be discarded as waste wood and has been working recently on the fitout of a Hobart hotel. Mr Meerding told The Mercury his loss of vision at age 18 had helped formulate his design approach. “Whether I like it or not, my visual field does influence my design aesthetic and it’s something I probably would have shied away from explaining when I first started this journey,” he said. “Without my vision [having] degenerated when it did, I wouldn’t have designed the designs I have.” Mr Meerding said his design inspiration can come from the wood he handcrafts, from nature or from his restricted vision.
6 April 2017, Edition 182
Forico plans $130m pellet plant
New Forests and its Tasmanian subsidiary Forico are in the final stages of planning for a $130 million wood pellet factory at Long Reach. The plant will produce about 250,000 tonnes of compressed, cooked wood pellets a year to export to Japan, where coal power stations are being subsidised to switch to pellets in order to reduce carbon emissions. New Forests Managing Director, Mark Rogers, told The Australian in March that the densified wood pellets would be made from forestry residues from Forico’s Tasmanian timber plantations. They would be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. “Replanting the trees, as is our intention in Tasmania, gives you an almost full carbon benefit; very strong decarbonisation,” Mr Rogers said. “The reason it’s going ahead in Japan is because the carbon component is being recognised in the feed-in tariff price … If Australia had a similar signal, then there is no reason why some of our black coal power stations could not use these pellets.” Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation does not provide subsidies for densified pellets at present.
Meanwhile, Timberlink, a leading Australasian timber processor, is investing in a $700,000 world-class grader to give it an edge in manufacturing structural pine at its Bell Bay mill. The Tasmanian and Australian Government have provided the company with a $50,000 grant for the project from the Tasmania Jobs and Investment Fund. Timberlink employs 190 people at Bell Bay.
4 April 2017, Edition 182
Sustainable Timber Tasmania has achieved Controlled Wood certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for its plantation operations.
30 November 2016, Edition 178
Highfield barn re-floored with love
Tasmanian timber and craft skills have restored a barn floor in Highfield House, near Stanley, in a pains-taking, heritage-sensitive project. Smithton-based Britton Timbers was engaged by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service to replace the Tasmanian oak barn floor while retaining its convict-laid appearance. “It was important that it maintained the look of the heritage buildings,” Britton Timbers spokesman, Haydn Nicholls, said. “The timber could be laid on the existing floor, which was made of old slatted Tasmanian oak in disrepair. Tasmanian oak was rough-sawn and then dressed on only three sides, leaving the visible face rough. Six samples were then sent to a local timber artisan who brushed and sanded each sample to varying degrees. The heritage officers then selected the sample that achieved the desired look, and we processed the required amount of timber to that specification.” Highfield House was built in 1832 to serve as headquarters for the Van Diemen’s Land Co which had been established by royal charter seven years earlier. The building, regarded as the birthplace of European settlement in the north-west, was bought by the State Government in the early 1980s. The former barn, which was built before the house, will be used for functions, including weddings.
30 November 2016, Edition 178
Hydrowood stars on The Block
Channel Nine’s reality TV show The Block has showcased Tasmanian timber salvaged from Lake Pieman by local company Hydrowood. Aired in prime time on 3 October, the program gave valuable national exposure to Tasmania’s wood products and to the State generally. The Premier, Will Hodgman, said: “Hydrowood is a success story of our resurgent forest industries, with its innovative harvesting of specialty timbers from beneath some of our Hydro lakes … I congratulate Hydrowood on their success and also the Wynyard sawmill that processes the unique timber.”
3 November 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 177