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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

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