Branching from the Bellarine
Highway on the Leopold hill, Ash Road is one of several country lanes which take you towards the Connewarre lagoon on the Barwon River waterway. The City of Greater Geelong has recently completed landscape works on a small reserve at the end of the road that gives entry to the shoreline and provides a high view of Lake Connewarre.
Connewarre is in danger of being unapproachable from its many sides
- much of the surrounding land is farmland or wetlands - so this amenity has merit. It incorporates a small decked viewing platform, seating and parking. The design team used
time-worn wharf and bridge timbers from the Timberzoo archives. Bridge bearers from the historic
Wuk Wuk over the Mitchell River are sentinel as posts leading the eye to the shimmer of shallow water on the horizon. There is something of Camelot to this waterway. It seems insubstantial in the distance
- lacking the mercurial density of the bay or the river. Not liquid, not vapour, but a phosphorescence that could be either. Across the waters the grove of woodlands that hides Barwon Heads might be Avalon veiled in a salt haze.
Durable Wharfdeck in a 135mm cover used on the viewing dais marries well with these big-section timbers. I like
- in particular - the cant of the handrail. Tim Cosgrove from CGG and Tim Nicholas from Tim Nicholas Landscape Architecture have used a broader face in bridge timbers for seating. At Lake Connewarre, the main bench close to the viewing deck is a leitmotif for the project, the shallow set of the angle of view is a pleasing touch of asymmetry. Other beams are a brawny presence on the landscape margin
- and these images should be a prod to Bellarine folk to do the same thing in their own coastal gardens. The cheap section in the vast Timberzoo back paddock has
$10 to $30 per metre landscape grade sleepers that run to 5 metres in length. What you save there can be spent on a broad seating platform from front yard stocks. Ideal for lunch with a cup of tea in the sun on a solid girder that could have come from the old
Bridge. Yep, we've got that here too.
Cosgrove's favourite timber pieces are used in the retaining wall on the
carpark, Sawn split rounds of
recycled Turpentine wharf piling face the wall, their
otherwise-durable sapwood edges laced with small tunnels forming an intricate natural pattern. The penetrations are the result of years of nibbling by marine teredo worms which burrow only as far as the heartwood margins and squirm sideways into more sapwood. Timberzoo salvaged these piles from recent upgrades to the Cairns wharf in
Far North Queensland.
carbon offsets for timber
We stand on the brink of a series of shabby catastrophes about to hit the world of timber and forestry
- the trade in carbon credits. It will be a disaster made possible by the inherent difficulties in understanding timber and forests. These everyday complexities
- that so frustrate the public in understanding the 20 year forest debate
- will be a smokescreen for all sorts of market shenanigans.
Carbon trading in most forms lacks this ability to deliver a direct benefit. It is arcane and riddled with complexity. These schemes are calibrated by independent groups, with the market allowed to find its own mode of participation
- which fills me with concern. Why trust the market? The green media is fulsome in its praise for these adventures, but Carbon World enthusiasts tend to hold medal ceremonies before the heats are run.
Rather than wasted in dubious certification fees or commissions to local fixers and village elders in a far corner of the world, why wouldn't we ensure that this money was spent on train stations at Point Cook and Tarneit with trains arriving every 15 minutes, and then count the
(reduced) motor vehicle traffic on the Westgate Bridge? Or am I just a mental
plodder? Do I just not get it? Not up to these brave new intellectual
frontiers? Perhaps I'm guilty of yet another carbon heresy.
may timber stocks
Recycled Douglas Fir
85 x 85mm
posts Rate: $20.00/m
These DAR lengths would suit veranda and carport post applications, but are perfect for table legs and workbenches.
Knotty, nail-marked and carrying the odd bolthole, they have instant rustic appeal.
The batch has some Western Hemlock pieces in a paler tone.
Recycled Red Gum Bridge Bearers
300 x 150mm
with Sandblasted Finish Rate: $120.00/m
No-one fell in love with these 4.0m bridge edges from bridge renewal works in the Nagambie district when they first arrived.
Would they make suitable pergola posts? Would they look good as a bench seat?
There are eighty lengths in stock, so call in and see if they suit your project.
400mm Diameter and bigger
From $150.00 to $305.00 per metre
You'd be spoilt for choice in
Gippsland bridge stringers in the round and some superb Ironbark rounds at
Recycled Douglas Fir
25mm Rate: $30.00/m
Not your average batch of Douglas Fir, this has been graded for furniture and has fine dense growth lines and rich creamy colours.
Bookshelf projects will appreciate the strength of this timber and its comparatively light weight.
Resawn from the Hardiman Street, Kensington