19 items were sold at the IST Geeveston April 2014 tender, only one of which was a blackwood log. The monster blackwood log of 3.46 cubic metres sold for just under $1,500 or $430 per cubic metre. The log measured 5.1 metres long, with 104 cm and 82 cm large end (LED) and small end diameters (SED). This was a plain-grain log but with significant spiral grain and butt fluting, so getting large straight grain boards from this log will be difficult. Despite this a good price was paid.
Good prices were also paid for the other 18 lots comprising mostly small sassafras logs.
Even in these uncertain times quality wood is still attracting good prices.
At $430 per cubic metre a hectare of blackwood plantation would be worth approximately $120,000 at maturity.
How can I get Tasmanian farmers interested?