Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture have specialised for many years in the
use of Australian hardwood timbers, mainly eucalypt species.
There are basically three categories, one we refer to as salvaged
timber which is timber that has been sourced from naturally felled
trees on private properties where a portable saw mill has been set up
on site to mill up a log into boards or slabs. We try to use as much of
this type of timber as possible. We also like to use recycled timbers
that are usually ex structural timbers pulled from an old
building. Thirdly, timber is also purchased from a timber
mill who supplies us sustainably harvested timber from a regrowth
forest. The grade of timber that usually buy is known as feature grade
timber which is the lowest grade but that's where the demand is, most
of our customers love to have a 'story' in their timber which feature
grade timber usually has in abundance. One can see evidence of
when the tree was exposed to a bush fire or that certain insects were
living within the tree.
"There's something hugely satisfying about using these timbers that
would otherwise be wasted such as being cut up for firewood and adding
considerable value to them by creating a beautiful dining table from
them that will last for generations" - owner/designer Ross Triffitt.
Both salvaged and recycled sources ensure that a high range of timber
species and looks are able to be offered. Many depicting the tough life
that the tree would have experienced over the 300 to easily 600 years
of its life being subjected to countless droughts and fires.
Quite often these timbers have a high degree of 'character' in them
either via natural features such as gum veins, sap pockets or from
evidence of insect habitat and in the case of recycled, from nail and
bolt holes etc. All of this adds to the specialness of each piece of
furniture that is made from them.
And for those who like their timber without these 'imperfections', be
rest assured Eclipse do their best to cater for all preferences.
When someone places an order to have something made we go to
considerable lengths to look for and select timbers that are similar to
what they would like based on something else they have seen in our
showroom or that they already have purchased from us previously.
However due to the fact that every tree is different even within the
same species we can never guarantee a close match let alone a perfect
match. On the other hand we would also never make something in a timber
that was vastly different to what someone was expecting, we would
communicate with the customer and advise them of the situation.
Some species are more prone to variations than other species, timbers
such as Tassie oak have a more consistent appearance than say spotted
gum for example.
But lets face it, isn't the fact that every tree is different, is what
makes what we produce all the more special ?
The species used by Eclipse mainly include spotted gum,
blackbutt, red gum, Tassie oak/ash, narrow leaf peppermint, red
ironbark, red stringybark and mountain gum. And then other less
commonly used species such as southern mahogany, (this is a eucalypt)
yellow box, grey box and red box along with some casuarina species.
To see some examples of these species follow this link to
In the past we have used some American oak and if that's what you're
wanting it's worth checking to see if we have some but we are phasing
it out and just sticking with Aussie hardwoods.
It's all part of the overall 'Australian' experience when buying
furniture. As Australians we should all be proud of our natural
heritage, this country has been blessed with possessing the biggest,
the most diverse and the most beautiful range of indigenous hardwood
timbers in the world so why not help preserve what is left by investing
in a beautiful dining table made from one of them.