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Specialty timbers newsletter 22, April 2022

Farm Forestry Timbers - an industry body representing the interests of specialty timber producers and users in New Zealand. We support and advocate for locally produced timbers going into local markets for quality products. We represent all facets of industry – from growers right through to designers and users of timber.

Farm Forestry Timbers Society

Farm Forestry Timbers Society
Society officers:

Eric Cairns
178 Mangaroa Valley Road
RD 1
Upper Hutt
04 526 7929

Dean Satchell

Eric Cairns

Newsletter editor:
Dean Satchell

Eric Cairns

In this newsletter:


Farm Forestry Timbers has been mostly inactive as a result of me dedicating my efforts into building standards with the goal of these being more inclusive of "alternative" species to treated radiata pine. Two of the three standards I've worked on to create a more level playing field have failed. Consensus was not reached in those committees, made up mostly of corporate wood processing interests. I'd never dreamed of how strong those interests would be in pursuit of retaining the advantage they have carefully crafted over the last three decades. This has been a huge disappointment for me. Members will be discussing next steps on how to diversify our forests and wood species at our AGM on 28th April. Farm Forestry Timbers will be a crucial platform going forward in the campaign to reintroduce natural durability and equity into practical applications for wood via diversifying timbers used in the building code.

Dean Satchell
Chair, FFT

If you have a story for this newsletter, please get in touch with Dean by email.


Farm Forestry Timbers AGM

Farm Forestry Timbers will be holding our AGM via Zoom on 28th April at 7.30pm. Please consider participating in this. On the agenda will be how members can actively contribute photographs and information of specialty timbers and their applications for the website and newsletter. We'll also be discussing the fallout from the building code standards and next steps for our platform and brand.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 0666 7884
Passcode: JWMJB1

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2m fastigata at Ruapehu sawmills

Ruapehu Sawmills proprietor Vaughan Kearns sent me this photo of a 2 metre diameter Fastigata log being cut into 150x50 with a mahoe sawmill:



Would like to purchase seasoned Blackwood 40mm by any width minimum 750mm length. Thankyou,
Laurence Gordon

We recently have a very tall blackwood been cut down. The log size is 
10 metres long, 41cm in diameters.
Sale as is.
Pick up from Karapiro (with buyer's own crane) only.   
Anyone interested, please make an offer (must exceed firewood value).
Tony Rich

Interested in the market for Tasmanian Blackwood and Californian Redwood.
I have quantities of both ready for felling.
Gerard Honiss

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MacBlack Wanganui / Manawatu / Wairarapa Blackwood is a premium hardwood prized for its dark colour. It is an excellent ...

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MacBlack Wanganui / Manawatu / Wairarapa A durable and stable softwood suitable for exterior cladding and panelling. ...

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MacBlack Wanganui / Manawatu / Wairarapa Poplar a very useful and attractive timber. It is strong for its weight; is res...

Stack_ig Timber For Sale Macrocarpa 
MacBlack Wanganui / Manawatu / Wairarapa A low to medium-density softwood that is visually comparable to kauri. The hear...

The Blackwood Project Bay of Plenty 
The Blackwood Project New Zealand, specializing in Yakisugi (or Shou Sugi Ban) the traditional Japanese art of fire conditioning timber. We are an all kiwi business producing charred timber cladding with multiple finishes and timbers on a commercial scale in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Yakisugi or shou sugi ban is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation. This ancient method of charring naturally durable timber which produces a hard-wearing, long-lasting, and low maintenance charred timber finish. 
Contact person: John Webster 
Phone number: 0276822223 , Mobile number:0276822223 
Postal address: 27 Harold Crescent, Fordlands, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, New Zealand, 3015 
Physical address: Princess Street Putaruru 
Email address: 
Timber species: Cypress, Redwood, Cedar 
Buyer of: Timber, Logs, Standing trees 
Services: Machining and profiling, Construction and building, Manufacturing

Ulenberg Eco-Architects Auckland 
Focusing on ecologically sensitive design and specialising in earthen and natural materials. As well as straw and clay we also use locally grown, naturally durable timber. We are passionate about eco Architecture and alternative timber species from sustainable forests.
Contact person: Martin Ulenberg 
Mobile number: 021 137 7778 
Postal address: 2/823 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand, 1041 
Email address: 

Ruapehu Sawmills Wanganui / Manawatu / Wairarapa 
Ruapehu sawmills has a comprehensive range of specialty species. We provide a full service tailored to individuals requirements. Large product range. Licensed for native timber. We can deliver to Wellington and Auckland within the week.
Contact person: Vaughan Kearns 
Mobile number: 027 445 7138 
Postal address: 226 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay , Wellington, 6022 
Physical address: Raetihi branch Ameku Road. Wanganui branch Holyoake St 
Timber species: Cypress, Macrocarpa, Redwood, Eucalypt, Totara, Cedar 
Supplier of: Timber 
Timber for sale: Structural graded timber, Flooring timber - graded, Timber for glue laminating - graded, Decking timber - graded, Cladding timber - graded, Timber for furniture/joinery - graded, Panelling timber - graded, Timber for structural glulam - graded 
Buyer of: Logs, Standing trees 
Services: Timber transport, Sawmilling service, Kiln drying service, Machining and profiling, Timber merchant, Resawing

Hindman Smartsaw Ltd. West Coast 
Sawmill Direct - Wholesale speciality timbers, great deals on cut timber direct from our West Coast sawmill. Buying direct from the sawmill cuts out the middle-man and saves you money on premium high quality timber products. Special purpose sawmilling since 1985
Contact person: Dave Hindman
Phone number: 0800 533 017 ,Fax number: 03 7533014 ,Mobile number: 027 453 5205 
Postal address: PO Box 68, Harihari, 7863 
Physical address: 327 Flat Road, R D 1, Hari Hari, South Westland 
Timber species: Cypress, Totara, Kahikatea, Rimu, Matai, Cedar 
Supplier of: Timber 
Timber for sale: Structural graded timber, Flooring timber - graded, Decking timber - graded, Cladding timber - graded, Timber for furniture/joinery - graded, Panelling timber - graded 
Buyer of: Logs 
Services: Sawmilling service, Kiln drying service, Timber merchant, Sustainable Forest Management plans and permits

Watts to Mill and Kiwibackyard Hawkes Bay 
Watts to Mill are macrocarpa specialists, sawing, drying and machining macrocarpa. We supply well dried, well graded timber. We have moved to concentrating on high end uses. With 300cub of air dried stock in clears and dressing grades. We supply from one end of the country to the other window reveals,skirting,scotia,architrave,door jambs,sarking,flooring(end matched clear quarter sawn ) If you are after good quality this is your best option. Macrocarpa garden sheds, kids playhouses, dog kennels, chook-houses, mail boxes and garden beds.
Contact person: Andrew Watts 
Phone number: 0800 MACROCARPA (622 7622) / 06 858 9272 , Fax number: 06 8556583 , Mobile number: 021 858 9272 
Postal address: 17 Kaimata Road, RD 2, Napier, 4182 
Physical address: James Street Waipukurau Central Hawkes Bay 4242 
Email address: 
Timber species: Cypress, Macrocarpa, Redwood 
Supplier of: Timber, Firewood, Outdoor furniture 
Timber for sale: Structural graded timber, Flooring timber - graded, Timber for glue laminating - graded, Cladding timber - graded 
Buyer of: Logs 
Services: Sawmilling service, Timber merchant

Peter Olorenshaw Architects Tasman 
Specialising in eco-designs, especially in earth and straw aswell as conventional materials
Contact person: Peter Olorenshaw 
Phone number: 03 546 6176 , Mobile number: 027 628 1686
Postal address: 10 Ralphine Way, Maitai, Nelson, 7010 
Physical address: 10 Ralphine Way, Maitai Valley Nelson 
Email address: 
Services: Registered architect, Design

BBS Timbers Ltd Northland 
Specialist timber merchants with branches in Whangarei, Auckland and Christchurch. Est 30 years, suppliers to the flooring, cabinet and joinery markets with quality timber ex stock. We supply and buy Eucalyptus pilularis and saligna, blackwood, cypress, totara, rimu and matai.
Contact person: Paul Wickham 
Phone number: 09 438 9358 , Mobile number:027 295 7668 
Postal address: BBS Timbers, PO Box 1407, Whangarei, 0140 
Physical address: 27 Kioreroa Road Whangarei 
Timber species: Macrocarpa, Eucalypt, Totara, Rimu, Matai, Blackwood 
Supplier of: Timber 
Timber for sale: Seasoned ungraded timber, Structural graded timber, Flooring timber - graded, Decking timber - graded, Timber for furniture/joinery - graded, Panelling timber - graded, Mouldings and architraves - graded 
Buyer of: Timber 
Services: Sawmilling service, Machining and profiling

Coyle sawmilling Waikato 
Woodmizer bandsaw operater 
Contact person: Alan Coyle 
Phone number: 027 276 4252 , Mobile number: 027 276 4252 
Postal address: Coyles Forests Ltd, PO Box 492, Taupo, 3351 
Physical address: 3 Pipi Street Taupo 3330 
Email address: 
Supplier of: Timber, Sawmills 
Timber for sale: Green sawn ungraded timber, Slabs 
Services: Sawmilling service

G L Smith Trust Waikato 
I supply Paulownia Timber of various specifications including for surf boards boat building, interior joinery, suitable for any interior finishing work to all locations througout New Zealand. A versatile light, strong timber with great acoustic qualities. Contact me on my land line, evenings are best after 6pm and before 9pm Look forward to hearing from you.
Contact person: Graham 
Phone number: 07 872 2853 Postal address:1291 Wharepuhunga Road, RD 3, Te Awamutu, 3873 
Physical address: 1291 Wharepuhunga Road 
Email address: 
Timber species: Paulownia 
Supplier of: Timber, Trees, logs 
Timber for sale: Green sawn ungraded timber, Seasoned ungraded timber, Profiled and dressed ungraded timber 

Timber Direct Otago Otago 
Sell Dry & Green Sawn Macrocarpa. Portable Sawmill. Firewood
Contact person: Sue Dunn 
Phone number: 03 488 3565 ,Fax number: 03 4883566 ,Mobile number: 027 438 6844 
Postal address: PO Box 13 160, Green Island, Dunedin, 9052 
Physical address: Lot 3, 20 Chadwick St, Fairfield Dunedin 
Timber species: Macrocarpa 
Supplier of: Timber, Firewood 
Timber for sale: Green sawn ungraded timber, Seasoned ungraded timber, Flooring timber - graded, Decking timber - graded, Cladding timber - graded, Sleepers, Timber for furniture/joinery - graded, Slabs, Panelling timber - graded 
Buyer of: Logs, Standing trees, Firewood 
Services: Sawmilling service, Timber merchant

Longridge Farms Ltd Hawkes Bay 
Sale own-grown Eucalyptus regnans/nitens logs.
Contact person: Kevin Thomsen 
Phone number: 06 844 3196 , Mobile number: 027449 9493 
Postal address: PO Box 7446, Taradale, Napier, 4141 
Physical address: Patoka, Hawkes Bay 
Email address: 

Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided on this site, Farm Forestry Timbers Society do not accept liability for any consequences arising from reliance on the information published. If readers have any doubts about acting on any articles they should seek confirming, professional advice.

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