Tasmanian Special Timbers – the Huon Pine Specialists

Covid 19 announcement, updated 31st July

Our company will continue to operate, within government and health guidelines. The sawmill near Queenstown will operate as usual from Monday to Thursday, while the Strahan shop will be open every day with slightly more limited hours to walk-ins, roughly 10.00 to 4.00pm. We will also  be checking emails and phone calls regularly and can arrange to send photos and timber to people who cannot come into the Strahan site. If you would like to be reminded of what the shop contains, have a look at our newest blog.

For decades we have been providing the bulk of Tasmania’s high quality, unique and amazing Huon Pine, and almost all of the world’s supply of the extraordinary King Billy Pine.

As a company, we pride ourselves on ensuring that our very special timbers are used to create wonderful furniture, artisan products, pianos, stringed instruments, art pieces and sculpture and boats.

By any measure, Tasmanian Special Timbers has been providing Tasmania’s quality timbers (particularly Huon and King Billy Pine) for longer than any other company in the world. With seven generations in the Tasmanian timber industry, our knowledge, involvement and care for our product is unparalleled. From prisoners and free settlers, all the way through to today’s entrepreneurs, we have seen them all, and are still managing and husbanding this most precious of resources. Our methods of production are hands-on and labour- intensive, and each piece of timber is assessed and handled for maximum value.

Award Winning Tasmania

 Award winning Tasmania - a quick video tour of our Strahan shop  Henry Terry and David Foster visited the Strahan shop as part of their filming project called Award Winning Tasmania. The finished product will be shown on broadcast TV shortly, and in the meantime...

Got a big lathe?

Got a big lathe? Have we got some timber for you. These Covid 19 shutdowns are causing many people to investigate the far reaches of their cupboards, sheds and storerooms and we have certainly done that.  The staff at our Queenstown mill have pulled out these monster...

We’re alive to tell the story – a childhood at Princess River.

 We're alive to tell the story - a childhood at Princess River.  Tasmanian Special Timbers' staff member Vicki Knowles (nee Bradshaw) was interviewed for the Western Wilds' Story Stop project. Vicki told us delightful and hair raising stories of her childhood...

A legacy for our grandchildren.

So much of the Tasmanian timber industry involves clear felling, mono cultures and short growth cycles.

But at Tasmanian Special Timbers we turn these processes around: we deal only with logs stockpiled from salvage operations, collected after floods, or ancient stumps and roots taken from the forest floor after centuries lying in place.

We then patiently and carefully handle and saw the logs, skillfully drying the timber and eventually releasing it to the next custodian on its journey. We understand that, while the trees continue to thrive in the river valleys and mountain slopes of Western Tasmania, there will never be another crop of logs. Accordingly we must honour and respect the ancient organisms they represent, and ensure that supplies of Huon and King Billy Pine timber continue to be available into our grandchildren’s generation.

Quality, not quantity, and patience and care are the hallmarks of our operation.

Entry to Tasmanian Special Timbers’ client list requires a commitment to using the timber in careful ways to ensure it lasts for generations. If you become a valued client of ours you will have access to the most unique and precious timber in the world.