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Tree Grower articles

  • Blackwood Milling
    Malcolm Mackenzie, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2013. I attempted to be a little more scientific when we did our third small milling of Tasmanian blackwood timber this year. I wanted…
  • Collective blackwood marketing
    Malcolm Mackenzie, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2013. I am keen to respond to the excellent ‘From the Patron’ in the August Tree Grower and hopefully stimulate a wide-ranging discussion among…
  • Helping farmers sell wood
    Peter Harington, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2005. So what is it about Woodmetrics that aligns us so closely with the farm forestry sector? Established in 2000 as a business unit…
  • Understanding the stability of Douglas fir timber
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007 Douglas fir has a history within the building industry as strong, stiff and stable timber, ideal for structural applications. Different interpretations of good stability…
  • Responding to moisture: How do Douglas fir and radiata compare?
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. Three research projects undertaken for the Douglas fir Cooperative have set out to quantify the differences between Douglas fir and radiata pine in terms…
  • Harvesting and marketing some pruned redwood giants
    Jeff Tombleson, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. In 1997 Forest Research (now Scion) harvested and marketed 26 giant redwood trees which were felled for various reasons including their close proximity…
  • Eucalypts for timber: My experience and my floor
    Don Tantrum, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2006. I began planting eucalypts about 30 years ago. I soon discovered that not all I wished to grow did grow. The Taihape climate…
  • Use of New Zealand grown eucalypts
    Richard Davies-Colley, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2006. The development of industries using eucalypt timber is still in its infancy in New Zealand. We have only small areas of mixed species,…
  • Milling and grading New Zealand grown blackwood
    Mike Esson, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006. Blackwood is a much sought after timber, especially by cabinet makers because of it rich dark colour and fine finish. Blackwood is a…
  • Furniture from blackwood
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2006. Customers visiting the Everwood Furniture showroom in Mount Maunganui love furniture made from blackwood timber according to Graeme Benjamin. Graeme and his wife Betty…
  • Milling cypresses and the marketing challenge
    Don Tantrum, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006. I have been selecting, propagating, growing and managing cypresses for over 25 years including everything from controlled pollination to milling. We now have…
  • Macrocarpa – keeping faith with the old faithful
    Denis Hocking, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006. In the first part of this issue of Tree Grower we are featuring articles covering some of the varying species and clones of…
  • MARVL pre-harvest inventory system
    Jim Cooke & Rob Webster, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. No, MARVL is not shorthand for one of the wonders of the world but something much more prosaic. MARVL is…
  • The commercial reality of special purpose timber species
    Parnell Trost, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. Securing an adequate return for your stand of eucalypts or macrocarpa can be the most challenging part of the growing cycle. The market…
  • Log value recovery in a woodlot context
    Andy Dick, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. Commercial forest owners and forestry research organisations have over the years attempted to maximise returns by developing tools, processes and disciplines called log…
  • Adding value by milling on site
    Jonathan Walker, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. It is a well known fact that when you have a commodity to sell, there is an over-supply and the price falls. Conversely,…

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Blogs

  • Modern eucalyptus sawmilling technology in Tasmania: Dean Satchell's blog, December 31, 2015
    Whilst in Tasmania during December 2015 I had the fortuitous opportunity to visit Newood sawmill near Huonville at the invitation of mill manager Josh Turnbill. This mill was set up…
  • Not all doom and gloom for alternative species: John Fairweather's blog, December 23, 2015
    The last issues of the North Canterbury branch newsletter covered some interesting issues associated with growing and harvesting alternative species. Two points stuck out to me. One was that there…
  • Sawing fence posts from Eucalyptus maculata: Dean Satchell's blog, September 19, 2015
    I planted a small stand of E. maculata (Spotted gum) 21 years ago in Northland, after being really impressed with an old stand of trees that were milled by David…
  • Radiata pine wood quality: Denis Hocking's blog, June 20, 2014
    Radiata pine may be an easy and productive timber species for us to grow, but it has long been recognised that the timber does have a number of quality problems.…

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