In The Rough


  • Myrtle Beach Floorboards Find New Life In Queenscliff Food Store
  • Recent Stocks - Just In - Or Hot Off Production

myrtle beach floorboards find new life in queenscliff food store

Gary Anderson was looking for a distinctive timber finish for the floor and counters of new Hesse Street outlet - Belsize & Co. Several options would have worked - and worked well - but he had a strong intuition about an old reclaimed school batch of the prized Tasmanian hardwood, Myrtle Beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii). In the end it wasn't a choice - the mere presence of these two packs of aged-surface floorboards at  Timberzoo  haunted him until he bought one of them. Anderson then had two choices: to retain the silvery grey face of the original worn boards - or sand the timber to bring up the soft red tones of Myrtle Beech. 


Polished to a soft sheen and pre-stamped with a Belsize & Co. tattoo in black ink, the boards give the shop a very distinctive vibe. Despite the contemporary look - both the material and texture are affirming of the history of the building and the township. Myrtle Beech can be graded to include or exclude sapwood and colour ribboning in the heartwood. Thankfully, this batch retains a golden sapwood with a wavy edge to the pink heartwood. Occasional green, grey and blue filaments invade the heart of the dried board. It's a wonderful visual texture and it seems a pointless exercise to grade it out. 


I'm sure Myrtle was logged and milled in the early years of the 20th century, but its widespread use on mainland Australia was between the mid-1930s and the mid-1960s. Myrtle and Blackwood were used as specialty flooring in suburban houses - not always reserved for grand buildings. They were intended as polished floors - and most are salvaged with an early shellac-like finish or a worn version of it. Luckily, for salvage purposes, it wasn't subject to the brutal sanding regimens and brittle glass-urethanes that ruined old floors in the 1980s. Both Tasmanian species featured regularly in public rooms such as dining rooms and entry vestibules of houses of the era. They were common in city buildings - corporations, newspaper offices and the like - for main ground floor reception areas with matching wall panelling and joinery.


The salvage experience constantly throws up the unexpected - and it has yet again. No one would expect to find myrtle flooring in an everyday school building. This joblot hailed from the original Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School buildings in East Keilor - opened with some ceremony by Prime Minister Menzies in 1961. He no doubt spoke of private education now reaching Melbourne's new suburban frontiers, before being whisked away in a finned Ford Fairlane. Or was it a Humber Super Snipe? For admirers of this singular timber species - which doesn't date badly either - there is still a pack at Timberzoo that Gary Anderson cannot find a project for. 

recent stocks - just in - or hot off production

Recycled Ironbark Slabs

Milled centres from old bridge corbels 330mm x 110mm @ 1.7m approx.

Rate: $100.00/m

Popular as stair treads, paving treads, mantle timber and bench seats.


Recycled Stringybark Posts

Re-milled from old bridge girders in-the-round to square posts by portable Lucas mill.

Geoff Searle has been toiling in the January heat to finish the current run of 40 posts.

Sizes range from 200mm x 200mm; 250mm x 250mm; 300mm x 300mm; 350mm x 350mm up to 400mm x 400mm.

There is plenty of choice for early shoppers.

From $190.00/m


Recycled Ironbark & Spotted Gum Posts

150mm x 150mm   Rate: $125.00/m

New stocks of this popular size post 2.7m to 5.3m in random lengths.

For other sizes,  email us a request  for a list of current stock of bridge timbers complete with images.


Recycled Qld Spotted Gum

200mm x 75mm   Bridge Runners   Rate: $48.00/m

These kickers on the outside edges of bridge decks have plenty of boltholes but an irresistible appeal in their silvery patina and dense curly grain.

Already proving popular for outdoor tables, they would suit a wide range of uses in original rough-sawn state.


Specialty Lining Boards

A new production run of 180mm x 18mm and 180mm x 14mm SawTooth Lining Boards were run just before Christmas and are now in stock.

The added rigidity of 18mm board proves useful for display bins and for cladding bulkheads and columns.


SawTooth Lining

180mm x 18mm   Rate: $55.00/m2
180mm x 14mm   Rate: $50.00/m2

We are running low on stocks of our PaintScrape lining boards after several sales last year.

Geelong's Bean Squeeze drive-through coffee company used PaintScrape boards for planter boxes at their Mercer Street outlet
to brighten up the precinct near Geelong Police Station.

See our  'Specials' section on the Timberzoo web site  for other shopfitter specialty lining boards.


Recycled Tallowwood

230mm x 40mm   DAR   Rate: $80.00/m

Bean Squeeze used this 2.8m long board for bench seating at the Mercer Street caffeinarium.

There is already a new batch re-sawn from old bridge bearers and slowly seasoning prior to final dressing.

They will be ready for sale when current stocks get low.


 Remember - we have Recycled Ironbark in the same size milled from the same batch of bearers.