Here’s a blackwood timber price list for a timber retailer in Tasmania.
This sawmiller/retailer specialises in Tasmanian “specialty timbers”.
These timbers obviously come from Tasmanian public native forest, which as everyone should know by now, comes to market at great cost to Tasmanian taxpayers and the plundering of the last of our oldgrowth and rainforest.
These prices are for individually priced boards, kiln dried and dressed, select grade (ie. Knot-free plain grain).
I’ve sorted these boards by the wood volume per metre, which seems to provide the best (but by no means perfect) explanation for the variation in price. The other curiosity besides the odd pricing structure is the diverse range of dimensions.
Note the variation in price for the boards of the same dimension eg. 310 x 32mm.
Given that timber is sold in Australia just on a price and NOT price per m or price per cubic metre, most customers would not spot this fraudulent behaviour.
That this sawmiller is getting away with selling select grade blackwood for $8,000 per cubic metre should get some tongues wagging (I hope!).
The fact that getting this timber to market costs Tasmanian taxpayers is the criminal aspect of all this. Welcome to the Tasmanian forest industry!