Timberzoo

In The Rough
 
 

      AUGUST 2011 NEWSLETTER

  • Jarrah With A Melbourne Tradition
  • Recycled Staircase Timbers
 



jarrah with a melbourne tradition

Station Pier in Port Melbourne is the largest wooden-piled pier in Australia, rebuilt in the 1920s to accommodate passenger ships, and remembered today for the wave of European immigration in the aftermath of the Second World War. A tide of immigrants passed down the gangways at Station Pier on their way to resettlement in Bonegilla, and then the suburbs of Melbourne. After 1952, English, Dutch, Baltic, Greek and Italian immigrants arrived in ever-increasing numbers. 101,000 people came ashore in the year 1966.

Such is the reverence in which the pier is held in the Greek community, that on the first Sunday in every New Year, the Epiphania  is held here. The Greek Orthodox archbishop casts a wooden cross into Port Phillip Bay waters and the young men of Melbourne's Greek community dive for the honour of bringing it to the surface again.

Beneath concrete slabs poured in the post-war years as reinforcement and locked within this construction time capsule, the original 100mm thick jarrah decking lay for decades preserved from weather. Remediation work over 2009-10 specified that the concrete be removed and structural timbers and pilings replaced. During the demolition process the jarrah was salvaged. Dense, heavy 300mm x 100mm beams in lengths up to 6.0m.
 

 


These timbers remember the arrival of the Patris,  the Australis  and other liners during the historic decades of the 1950s and 1960s. They witnessed Greek brides arriving on the Castel Felice  in 1958 - an adventure intended to address the gender imbalance in previous arrivals. The Melbourne 'Sun' reported young Greek men attempting to board ship through open portholes before the vessel had properly berthed. 'I feel more Greek in Australia than I ever did in Greece' said George Ambelas. 'I am a double wog.'
 

 

Meanwhile - back in the new millennium - Timberzoo has hundreds of 6.0m beams in original condition, strip-stacked in the front yard on the Portarlington Road, and can offer these to you for taverna, pergola and outdoor structures. The beams have regular boltholes penetrating the face where they were fixed to wharf joists by metal spikes. Other lengths 2.5m - 3.0m have been dressed-all-round for seat, bench or stair treads, and are stored undercover in our timber warehouse.
 

 

   
300mm x 100mm Jarrah beams salvaged from Station Pier show spike hole pattern along length.
    

 



recycled staircase timbers
 
 

Recycled Messmate

280mm x 66mm (Laminated)     Rate: $110.00/m

Recycled 100mm x 50mm hardwood floor joists with nail-marked edges are face-laminated to form a deep profiled stair tread 66mm in thickness.
 
The top face reveals a jazzy staccato of ebony-toned punctuations in a linear rhythm of parallel board - a quintessential recycled statement.
 
Available in 1100mm and 2200mm lengths.
 

   

 

 

Recycled Jarrah

270mm x 80mm DAR     Rate: $100.00/m

Station Pier jarrah in lengths to 3.0m with an etched face of fine black furrowing. 

This age-checked timber has 20mm boltholes (900mm) which can be plugged or black-filled for a distinctive recycled look in stair tread.

You can't fake this look - and it's better than watching telly if you have it in your home.