historic wuk wuk bridge closed for refurbishment
...and many of its timbers end up at Timberzoo. The present Wuk Wuk Bridge has spanned the Mitchell River near Lindenow since 1937. It was listed on the National Trust Register as a construction of historical significance
- since it represented a new trend in bridge building, and a departure from the
multi-piled bridges that crossed Gippsland rivers in previous decades. Earlier bridges fell victim to periodic floodwaters and the
log-jamming of trees and debris brought downstream by floods.
The Wuk Wuk Bridge is but one of many Gippsland country bridges undergoing renewal, and the timbers find their way every month to Timberzoo. Many timbers have a high structural index - the rest look great as landscape timbers. See these on our Gallery Pages on the website www.timberzoo.com.au
time to look anew at an old favourite
In my time in salvage in the 1980s, Victorians developed a fondness for the colonial timbers
- Baltic Pine, Kauri Pine, California Redwood and Douglas Fir (Oregon). It was hard to interest customers in anything else
- so readily were these timbers identified with the era of Victorian and Edwardian homebuilding. Daft as it seems to us nowadays, supply of softwood timber by sea to distant coastal port towns in 1900 was more cost effective than supply of native hardwoods from inland foothill forests. It
wasn't transport alone - the technology of the day could deal with softwoods more readily than hardwoods
- but it said much for the dominance of sea transport in the era that flitch
& scantling, furniture board, ready-made doors and window sashes were landed in the Port of Melbourne weekly from ships crossing the Pacific.
At Timberzoo we stock plenty of DAR Douglas Fir in furniture board, but a particular favourite is our Bookcase Board at 26mm thick. All clients want to use boards thicker than 19 or 22mm, but 32mm thick hardwoods create very heavy furniture. And that doesn't always suit modern living. Douglas Fir Bookcase board is light and suits simple assembly. A 170 x 26mm board can be joined with T&G to create 340mm shelving - wide enough for big books and folders, but light enough to attach to walls.
We asked Chas Campion from Williams & Campion to create a few simple furniture items in Douglas Fir Bookcase Board for the new office - just to show how versatile and good-looking this timber is.
recent stock arrivals
Recycled / Remilled Tasmanian Oak 80 x 15mm - 550m2 Rate: $52.00/m2
3.0m lengths - perfect as outdoor posts!