Current tender at IST Geeveston - bids for nineteen specialty timbers logs, one timber pack and four SmartOak blocks will be accepted until 10 pm on Monday 29 May.  This tender contains logs of spalted sassafras, leatherwood, burled myrtle, figured eucalypt, blackwood, celery-top and Huon pine.  The SmartOak blocks made from glue laminated eucalypt and blackwood veneers, lots 21, 22 and 23 result from manufacturing trials and are suitable for a range of uses and products.  See images and descriptions for lots 1 - 23 at 'Logs for Tender', these are Geeveston material.   IST Geeveston is open on weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm for inspections of this material.  Download and print the IST Geeveston form at 'Tender Form' on this website.  Tender forms can be delivered by email to [email protected] or by Australia Post or directly to IST Geeveston, Cemetery Road, Geeveston. Any questions  to Chris Emmett, tel 03 6296 7161 or mobile 0419 998 452 during business hours. 

Current Tender at IST Smithton - bids for fresh logs of black-heart sassafras (13), red, tiger & flame myrtle (14) and one large eucalypt burl will be accepted until 11 pm on Monday 5 June.  See images and descriptions for these twenty eight lots numbered as S1 - S28 at 'Logs for Tender'.  When the Geeveston tender closes on Monday 29 May only the Smithton tender material will be visible on the website.  If you wish to inspect the tender material at Smithton an appointment with Craig Jaffray mobile 0427 546 707 is required.  Download and print the IST Smithton form at 'Tender Form' on this website.  Tender forms can be delivered by email to [email protected] or Australia Post to PO Box 518, Somerset, TAS, 7322 or direct delivery to Forestry Tasmania at West Esplanade, Smithton or 2 - 4 East Cam Road, Camdale.  Please direct any questions about the material to Craig Jaffray mobile 0427 546 707.   If you wish to check the receipt of your form please contact Wendy Evans by email [email protected] or text / call mobile 0418 140 160.  

Email notice of Tenders - if you wish to receive notice of future tenders please email this request to [email protected]

Premium 'Tiger' Myrtle Veneer leaf - IST Smithton has this scarce and valuable veneer leaf for sale in bundle lots, many in flitch sequence @ $66 / m2.   Please contact Andrew King, mobile 0427 810 341, or email [email protected]  

IST Smithton is open only by appointment, please contact Andrew King, 03 6452 9101, mobile 0427 810 341, email [email protected] or Craig Jaffray, mobile 0427 546 707, to discuss your purchase requirements and a suitable appointment time.

Eucalypt timber, fiddle-back and featured - new stock of this dressed, seasoned eucalypt timber will soon be available at IST Geeveston, contact Chris Emmett, [email protected] or tel 03 6295 7161 or 0419 998 452.   

Blackwood sawlogs available for purchase at IST Geeveston - current stocks allow Chris to negotiate a price per cubic metre for substantial sale volumes.   Please contact him to discuss your requirements.  

Timber services at IST Geeveston - small lots of dry timber can be dressed by appointment with Chris Emmett, please direct questions and bookings to his email [email protected] .   A Wood Wiz machine can surface dress and sand slabs on a bed 3.5 metres x 1.5 metres @ $70 / hour.   The thicknesser with a spiral head cutter can dress boards to 600 mm in width @ $110 / hour.  Logs purchased from IST Geeveston can be milled on an modern bandsaw mill @ $140 / hour.   This timber can be racked for air seasoning and then final seasoning in a modern low-temperature kiln @ $110 / m3 of racked volume.  Please contact Chris by email to develop your plans and book these services.  

Free-form / sculpture pieces of Huon pine - IST Geeveston has a range of attractive weathered limbs, logs and stumps salvaged from traditional harvest areas which are suitable for crafting original furniture pieces, garden ornaments or indoor display pieces.   Contact Chris Emmett to discuss your project or visit the yard on weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm to see the range.  



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. 

About ninety (90) per cent of all Huon Pine forests are permanently reserved within National Parks & Reserves.








updated on 2 July 2014.