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In The Rough Newsletter - August 2014
  • Central Pier
  • Latest Production and New Stocks

Central Pier

Fifteen years further on in the redevelopment of the Melbourne's Docklands precinct, work has started on removing the abutment docks of Central Pier which run alongside the new esplanade. Beneath concrete surfaces some 500mm thick is the original Jarrah wharf decking dating from around 1919 and beneath the timber deck - the main bearers - also in Jarrah - many in good condition.


Central Pier was developed in the last years of steamships and remembers the out-moded cargo technologies that prevailed up until bulk handling and containerisation. The pier was developed as a key element of Victoria Harbour back in the 1880s. In a major undertaking for the era, the course of the Yarra was diverted by canal to flow south of Coode Island - and the great swamp between the Maribyrnong River and the Moonee Ponds Creek was drained and excavated on its eastern verge to create a new shipping basin. The eastern perimeter of this harbour - now the Docklands Esplanade - was wharfed after World War 1 to provide added dockside facilities - but without the luffing cranes provided on the main pier. As the dock closest to Spencer Street railway goods yard, Central Pier handled cargos like wool, grain and hides - all carried from rural towns by rail and loaded for export from the 1890s to the 1960s. 


The Industrial Group are undertaking demolition of the esplanade sections of Central Pier and have removed a good part of the wharf structures. Timber members with a high residual structural index have found their way to Timberzoo. They include 300 x 150mm bearers and 300 x 100mm wharf decking - most of which is Jarrah - but some Brushbox, Turpentine, Ironbark and other north coast Hardwoods - installed during upgrade and maintenance works undertaken in the intervening decades.

Recycled Jarrah

300 x 150mm - Rate: $120.00/m

Jarrah wharf bearers from Central Pier
in lengths to 5.0 metres.

These timbers have a single edge with spike or spike penetrations that offer a unique industrial look for overhead beams or outdoor structures.

Recycled Jarrah

280 x 100mm - Rate: $80.00/m

Durable Jarrah decking beams de-spiked
and docked - to 5.0 metres in length.

Pergola beams, outdoor furniture and beams.


Latest Production and New Stocks 

Recycled Messmate

170 x 25mm DAR - Rate: $24.00/m

We have always produced board finished to 30mm in the past - but recently we have found dressed-all-round 25mm board
very popular with furniture designers and shopfitters - and accordingly, we are running plenty in recent production runs.



Recycled Ironbark

220 x 40mm DAR - Rate: $90.00/m

These beams exceed 5.0 metres in length and have that irresistible surface-furrowing common to timbers exposed to the weather and sunlight.

In truth, these Ironbarks had a corrugated iron roof over them.

They formed a roof to a suburban Brisbane reservoir in Tarragindi for 60 years.

I can see them as a benchtop or a piece of polished furniture in their next life.


Recycled Ironbark

250 x 55mm - Rate: $60.00/m

The same Ironbark - but rough-sawn and silvered by years of exposure to sunlight.

Lengths to 5.5 metres would suit many structural purposes.


Recycled Ironbark

280 x 180mm - Rate: $80.00/m

Cross-tie brace or collar beams from the piling assemblies of the Theebine to Kingaroy rail line bridges have been recovered
in remarkably good condition and would suit landscape or building purposes

This batch have rebates and edge-notching - all of which just make the beams more interesting.



Recycled Messmate

100 x 100mm - Rate: $39.00/m

I say Messmate here because it has a general light brown appearance - but many lengths are dense and too hefty for true Messmate.

It is, perhaps, a White Stringybark or a more durable species.  Difficult to tell in a mixed batch.

Seasoned enough for use as table legs - we ripped this stock from Glenmaggie Bridge decking and allowed it to season in stick for a year.


Recycled Sydney Blue Gum

230 x 40mm - Rate: $60.00/m

Dressed boards in very good condition, seasoned, stable and suitable for furniture work.

This small pack is from joists salvaged from an old shop in Atherton, Far North Queensland - along with some very unusual timbers in smaller quantities.

I'm not good on my far northern timbers. Some that are found in rainforest-fringe areas (where eucalypts become scarce)
look very equatorial in grain. Similar to Rosewood or Hickory Gum.

There are a few examples of all these things to look at if you have the time to call in.


Tasmanian Oak Flooring - New Display Rooms Now Open

It's always hard to imagine a reliable and predictable outcome when considering reclaimed floorboards for a new addition or a new beach house.
I understand why designers and builders advise some clients against this option for flooring - though naturally, I'm disappointed that this happens routinely.
Thankfully, there will always be inspired projects with architects and clients who are both brave and informed - and because there is a strong element of trust involved in supply of this flooring choice, I hope clients come to Timberzoo for reclaimed flooring - rather than be bitterly disappointed by the experience elsewhere.

When we laid reclaimed boards for our new displays, we chose a batch salvaged from an old warehouse with thin halos of carbon stains around the old nail holes.
On the same board, we applied a variety of finishes. The entry in a Natural Oil - which did not hide the black marks - and in adjacent rooms
- a Livos Smoked Oak and a Dark Walnut. On these stained floors the marks were visually absorbed - but the age factor - the mindfulness
and feel of original boards and old timber - was retained.

I think designers and clients will find a visit to Timberzoo's new Tasmanian Oak flooring displays a very valuable experience.

 Dark Walnut

 Natural Finish

 Smoked Oak finish