the playroom of big ideas
Your new millennium Ecology Warrior loves the Sea Shepherd model of activism. Running very close to the edge of the law without breaking it
- and making their targets look a tad foolish when insisting a position of righteousness. The latest Forest Vandal to be outed is retail Everyman, Gerry Harvey. The environmental splinter group
Markets for Change
(MfC) targeted Harvey on their webpage in a bid for page one glory. They got
radio, television and newspaper coverage for a slow Monday, but nothing on Tuesday.
If we are to leave this playroom of childish notions, then there needs to be real options. MfC have a responsibility not to bullshit Gerry Harvey if they wish him to act morally, legally and responsibly. They can't tell lies and they can't play favourites. It's not for Harvey's sake. He's a billionaire and can afford to play a high stakes game. But there are many people who work for Harvey Norman, and their labours and their livings count for something.
Harvey has access to AFS-certified timber from
responsibly-managed native forests, which is suitable for his furniture if he bothers to verify a chain of custody. Speaking of chains and links, MfC are a splinter of the Wilderness Society, which is a member of the Environment Chamber of FSC, which in turn has certified several native forests. MfC claim that FSC accreditation is superior to AFS standards. It might be. But it doesn't matter. That is called playing accreditation body favourites.
In the case of the plantation claim
- they are peddling a lie. Fudging the fine print doesn't cut it. If you mean imported softwood, then say it. Harvey doesn't have the opportunity to use plantation eucalypt and it's wrong to pretend anyone else has this option.
bridge timbers re-sawn as posts
350mm x 350mm; 300mm x 300mm; 250mm x 250mm; 200mm x 200mm
Site miller Jeff Searle has been busy at Timberzoo squaring many of the old Gippsland bridge stringers salvaged
in-the-round. It is a process fraught with risk. You need to be sure that all 200mm metal spikes and 25mm bolts have been removed intact. The 450mm saw blade is
heavy-duty and tungsten tipped - but no match for old metal fixings. Some of the logs sawn had perished sapwood on the circumference, which is removed in the process of flitching the round
- exposing a clean durable heartwood. There is some natural heartwood edge on the 350mm squares, and many are perforated with holes from spike or bolt that leach a black carbon stain. All part of the recycled effect.
220mm x 180mm; 300mm x 150mm Rate: $100.00/m
Posts in original salvaged dimensions are more likely to be rectangular in end section.
Old Gippsland bridge bearers perform well as pergola uprights and beams. More have arrived in recent weeks as creek crossings
These are a cheaper option at
$100 per metre, and can be supplied in all lengths up to 5.5 metres.
Recycled Douglas Fir
125mm x 15mm Rate: $55.00/m2
Re-sawn from recycled Oregon beams, these lining boards are dense, fine-grained timbers with nary a blemish.
With tight knot and occasional metal marks, they resemble old Redwood in grain and texture.
But get in early for your project while these
4.0 metre lengths of lining board are available.
80mm x 13mm Rate: $44.00/m2
The first runs of a rustic
skip-dressed face lining board that retains some essential characteristics of a sawn board are being processed at the
Timberzoo as we go to press.
Sawtooth Lining is an aged brown recycled hardwood board with a regular thickness where the cutter blades do but brush the top face, revealing the stutter and arcs of old saw abrasion and an irregular bruise of planed timber without the clean surface of our regular millings. It is a board that is winsome in hue and possesses a rhythmic
75mm x 28mm Rate: $4.80/m
Recycled Messmate with
pencil-round edges will give service indoors and outdoors as screening. This dimension has a greater longevity than 19mm decking boards, but is not too heavy to be
screw-fixed to uprights as either a flat-blade Venetian screen or vertical privacy screen. Used outdoors, these timbers should be oiled to protect against weathering.
270mm x 40mm
DAR Rate: $65.00/m
More jarrah beams from Station Pier salvage have been deep-ripped and dressed-all-round for furniture board.
Often resawing 100mm beams will expose a higher moisture content in the centre cut,
There is a real rustic flavour to these 2400mm to 2700mm long planks. They will suit the recycled purists.