Our Timbers

Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture have specialised for many years in the use of Australian hardwood timbers, mainly eucalypt species.
      
Sourcing:      
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 forest.
      
"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 Triffitt.
 
Timber Appearance:           
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.

Species:
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 TIMBER OPTIONS.

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.