Australian hardwoods

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“the same qualities that made these bridge and pier timbers hearty enough to sit in the Australian elements for a hundred years also make for durable and beautiful flooring”

Australian Hardwood

In 1911 ten years after the founding of the Australian commonwealth, immigrants and goods from around the world were arriving in Melbourne,threatening to overwhelm the existing ‘Station Pier’. The Melbourne Harbor Trust planned construction of a ‘New Railway Pier’ (later renamed Princes Pier) to be completed by 1915, and needed large beams of tightly grained wood to support the eight railway tracks carrying goods and people. Australia had many such trees, such as dense hardwoods like Jarrah and Karri trees in the southwest and Ironbark on the east coast, that
“the estimated 20% of old growth forests still standing are now protected, so giving this precious hardwood a second life is worth the challenge”
were hundreds of years old and often hundreds of feet tall. Though they were plentiful around the turn of the century, the estimated 20% of old growth forests still standing are now protected, so giving this precious hardwood a second life is worth the challenge.

These Australian hardwoods were resistant to water, rot, termites, heat, and drought, which along with their immense strength made them ideal for bridge and pier timbers. These precious trees were brought from points across Australia to construct projects like Princes Pier, and bridges in Queensland like the spectacular Dickabram Bridge, which was constructed 23 meters high using only timber supports.

The same qualities that made these bridge and pier timbers hearty enough to sit in the Australian elements for a hundred years also make for durable and beautiful flooring. Natural checking from decades of aging gives the timber its artistic character, while iron bolts and bands have stained the wood with layers of color and texture, painting a picture of the past for you to enjoy in the present.

Our Australian hardwoods are featured in the following reclaimed timber collections: