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
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
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
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
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.
Milled centres from old bridge corbels 330mm x 110mm @ 1.7m approx.
Popular as stair
treads, paving treads, mantle timber and bench seats.
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.
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
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.
popular for outdoor tables, they would suit a wide range of uses in
original rough-sawn state.
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
18mm Rate: $55.00/m2
We are running low on stocks of our PaintScrape lining boards after several sales last year.
Squeeze drive-through coffee company used PaintScrape boards for planter
boxes at their Mercer Street outlet
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.