This recent ABC Landline story introduced me to yet another group of Australian farmers who are getting on and growing quality high value timber for the marketplace:
African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) has a 200+ year reputation as a premium quality hardwood, but supplies from West Africa are all but exhausted.
Check out their website:
and on Facebook
These people are at the stage of first harvest and looking to break in to the fickle Australian timber market.
The question now is – will the Australian market support these farmers in their efforts to build a new forest industry?
To date the Australian market (architects, builders, joiners, furniture makers, consumers, etc.) has shown little interest in encouraging and supporting Australian farmers growing trees for wood production.
It’s well past time for that attitude to change.
This is a great story and definitely needs everyones support.
Who said Australian farmers won’t grow timber?
Anyone for growing Tasmanian blackwood?