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. This represents the
largest proportion of what is used. The next largest proportion of the
timbers used is recycled timber which usually come from old buildings
etc. Thirdly, on occasions when there is no other option in obtaining a
certain timber for an order, timber is purchased via a timber
wholesaler who supplies sustainably harvested timber from a regrowth
"There's something hugely satisfying about using these dead 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
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.
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.