I reported on this Tasmanian blackwood retailer previously:
Once again the best way to represent this price list is to sort the boards by volume per linear metre. There are still price anomalies that are not due to differences in size or grade.
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, the plundering of the last of our oldgrowth and rainforest, and the logging of our Conservation Reserves.
These facts don’t seem to worry many people. This retailer has plenty of support.
Welcome to the Tasmanian forest industry!
These are retail prices for kiln-dried and dressed blackwood. This price list includes select, feature and bark-edge grades – can you spot the difference in price between the grades?
The prices which last time were north of $8,000 per cubic metre have dropped back. Obviously the local market is not prepared to pay that kind of price at the moment. Otherwise blackwood prices have remained stable over the past 12 months.
That Tasmanian blackwood timber can command these prices but is not grown commercially in Tasmania is one of life’s many mysteries.
It could also be called a failure of Government and industry policy, and a failure of the marketplace.