On Stewart Guthrie's green paddocks with their woodland fringe lying just beyond the Torquay urban sprawl, there is a timber and craft enterprise at work. The Ashmore Arts Community. Woodcarvers, furniture makers and other artisans have developed a model that allows them to realise their own living in a project strongly endorsed by the planners at the Surfcoast Shire Council. Modest outlays for individual studios no doubt underpin the viability of each trade
- but the essential weave of this community is just as important. In the city, the business model for many furniture makers is fragile
- shattered as often by the isolation of the experience as it is by rising rents. There's comfort in a network. Besides the value of human contact, this
craft-based community offers its members mutual support in both the workplace and the marketplace.
Ever planned to put some shelves up and then gone completely overboard in a whole-of-room makeover? I have - and only recently - and I won't even admit to watching 'The Block'. While essentially unnecessary, the fit out in the entry foyer to the Timberzoo cribroom - currently functioning as a cloakroom for workers lunch pails - now gives our customers inspiration - plus an understanding of our new shopfitters product - Chalkface Lining Board. As a textural contrast, we used a reclaimed Tasmanian Oak flooring board for ceiling and back wall lining - behind the recycled Douglas Fir shelving. It is an effective foil to the Chalkface tones. The residual marks and blemishes made by linoleum seams on the Tassie Oak look a bit funky in their own right.
Now - if I am ever asked why not just pay a little bit more and get brand new Tas Oak
- I can just show them this work of high art, and say - But why would you?
Recycled Chalkface Lining Board
185 x 14mm Rate:
230 x 25mm
DAR Rate: Only $20.00/m
108 x 19mm Rate:
On Victoria's Surfcoast, we residents have largely abandoned the rigid design templates for front boundary and internal screening fences that characterized older holiday home communities. Fences now use differing thicknesses and widths of timbers to create texture and tessellated movement in the weave of the screen. There are some funky fences waiting to be built - and Timberzoo has a few timber component options for them that won't break the bank.
Around the septic tank at the
mill and timber yard, we have installed a low picket wall as a display to show some samples of fence picket and just how their textures work. It has elements of the following timber fencing products.
50mm Rate: $7.00/m (less 20% for pack of 50)
The pleasing contrast of a fresh saw cut with the black
angle-grinder marks on the old top edge is a great massed texture when used in formation.
100 x 100mm Rate: $18.00/m in 2.1s, 2.4s and 2.7s
These weathered timbers contain Bloodwoods, Southern Mahogany, Spotted Gums and Stringybarks.
Great price! Extra
$4.00/m for dressed timber.
100 x 100mm Rate: $24.00/m in 2.4s and 2.7s
Turpentine is a durable Class #1 timber that is frontline species of choice for marine or estuarine jetty pilings.
There is nothing shabby about the grade or condition of these posts
- and we can supply them dressed (DAR) for a little extra.
Recycled Hardwood Posts
150 x 150mm Rate: From $70.00/m
These 5.0m long timbers are sourced from factory demolition in Footscray West.
They are dark surfaced with some genuine industrial touches that would suit pergolas or interior exposed uprights.
140 x 19mm Rate: $105.00/m2
Just run from the Tottenham RAAF Base purlins
- 600m2 of cinnamon-toned messmate flooring
250 x 180mm Rate:
semi-trailer load of these durable bridge timbers arrived recently, so
there are plenty of each size to choose from.