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May 14, 2015
Upon arriving in Tasmania, we heard of Ned Trewartha and the wooden boats, art and furniture he builds in “Ned’s Shed” (from Off Center member Jamie Snodgrass). We just had to visit.
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Huon Pine, which is incredibly rot resistant, is used for grown (i.e. natural crook) stems, knees, breasthooks, and thwart knees. The longer, clear pieces make good planking. It’s extremely slow growing and some trees live as long as 3,000 years.
King Billy Pine is much lighter and softer. It doesn’t hold fastenings as well, so instead of structural members, it’s mostly used for planking—much like cedar is in the US.
Celery-top Pine, the densest of the three, becomes flexible when steamed, so it’s used for bent frames, inwales and guardrails. Because it resists abrasion, it’s also used for keels when subject to wear. An alternative is Tasmanian oak (actually, a eucalyptus), which also holds fastenings, bends well, and resists abrasion.
These specialty woods can be obtained from Tasmanian sawmills as well as Forestry Tasmania which provides some additional wood to qualified boatbuilders in Tasmania through the auspices of the Wooden Boat Board Bank (W.B.B.B) .
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