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May - June Tender at IST Geeveston - 15 lots are available for inspection on weekdays from Monday 27 May; business hours are 8.00 am - 4.30 pm.  Nine black-heart sassafras logs, (seven whole & two slabbed), two celery-top pine, one figured eucalypt, one Huon pine, one myrtle and one blackwood log are available for tender.  See images and descriptions at Logs for Tender & print the Tender Form to make an offer by 10 June.

New Stock of Dressed Wide Slabs - IST Geeveston have a range of timbers and sizes available for purchase; visit, email or call.

Picture Framing, Blackwood & Mytle - IST Geeveston has three sizes of splayed picture framing in select blackwood and myrtle in lengths from 1.5 m - 3.0 m; 100 lineal metres (lm) of blackwood and 160 lm of myrtle.  Contact Mr Chris Emmett on tel. 03 6296 7161 or   Picture framing stock can be ordered from IST Geeveston in other timbers and profiles.   

Timber and Working with Wood Shows 2013 - IST Geeveston is unable to attend the Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne shows this year, but it continues to process and sell Tasmania's specialty timbers.  Please discuss your timber requirements with the Manager, Chris Emmett, who can mail or freight orders to your address or nearest freight centre; see the section 'We Deliver' for a guide to mail and freight costs.

IST Smithton is open for sales of logs and poles, (not sawn timber)  but only by appointment, please contact Andrew King, mobile 0427 810 341, or  by email to

IST Smithton has cheesewood veneer bundles some 180 mm wide and some 200 mm wide, see Veneers for Sale.   Please contact Andrew King on mobile 0427 810 341, if you wish purchase these rare veneers.

Packs of air dried sawn timber and slabs are available at wholesale prices from IST Geeveston.  See descriptions and images at Sawn timber for Sale'; they  include myrtle timber, myrtle log slabs with burl figure, spalted sassafras slabs and fiddle-back eucalypt timber.  All reasonable offers will be considered, please contact Chris Emmett directly.  Packs of other timbers are also available.

Premium 'Tiger' Myrtle Veneer leaf - IST Smithton has this scarce and valuable veneer leaf for sale in bundle lots, many in flitch sequence.  The bundles range from short - long and narrow - wide.  Premium bundles are for sale from $50 / m2 and lower quality bundles at $40 / m2.  Images of bundles are available from Andrew King, mobile 0427 810 341, or  by email to  See images of 'tiger' myrtle figure in the New Stock section.

New Stock - Dressed eucalypt burl slabs  and Dressed Myrtle burl slabs contact IST Geeveston for these pieces, tel. 03 6295 7161 or

King Billy pine, quarter-sawn for musical instruments - sanded pieces 3 mm thick and rough sawn pieces about 5 mm thick are available from IST Geeveston, see contacts above for Chris Emmett. 

Tiger Myrtle timber - all the kiln-dried, dressed 10 mm boards offered recently have been sold.  Additional material will be available in a few months and orders for this material can be directed to Chris Emmett at    This premium material has great tiger colour and figure - perfect  feature pieces to drive sales of a range of small products.  Contact Chris Emmett at IST Geeveston, see above. 

New Stock at IST Geeveston - New stock of dark and figured myrtle boards and squares;  black-heart and spalted sassafras timber - kiln seasoned packs of squares, boards and slabs are ready for sale; kiln seasoned Huon pine timber and natural edge material in a range of sizes is available.  Contact Chris Emmett at IST Geeveston, see contacts above.

Our ability to conduct tenders of specialty timbers material during 2012 will depend on the availability and quality of raw material from which to select pieces for tender.

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Island Specialty Timbers, (IST) an enterprise of Forestry Tasmania was established at Geeveston in 1992 to increase the recovery, availability and value of specialty timbers from harvesting activities in State forests.   Now three operation centres for IST - Geeveston, Strahan and Smithton, receive or select logs, burls and stumps to sell to wood users or sawmills.  IST Geeveston also mill some logs, burls and stumps into slabs or timber  which are sold seasoned or green for furniture or craft designer / makers, builders, wood-turners, boat builders / repairers and luthiers.  IST Strahan salvage and sell Huon pine craft logs, craftwood, limbwood and stumps.  IST Smithton sell a range of raw material: logs, burls, stumps plus Huon pine craft logs, craft pieces and limb wood.       No sawn timber is sold from IST Smithton or IST Strahan, please contact sawmills at Smithton, Camdale, Strahan, or Lynchford (south of Queenstown).

The special timbers processed by IST are harvested from forests whose managment by Forestry Tasmania has been certified under national and international standards, the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the International Standards for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001).

The three IST sites are licensed Chain of Custody members, FTT 08005, to guarantee customers that all their raw material and products are Tasmanian fine timbers sourced from AFS certified forests.  The Chain of Custody system is managed by Fine Timber Tasmania Inc., maintained by a coordinator and is annually assessed by independent auditors.

Huon Pine material is sourced from sites previously harvested for sawlogs, from stockpiles salvaged many years ago, prior to dam construction and from logs recovered after river floods. 

Eighty five (85) per cent of all Huon Pine forests are permanently reserved within National Parks & Reserves.








updated on 29 April 2013.