Reclaimed Timber – Ironwood
Country Earth is proud to be listed as the WA showroom and distributor of Ironwood Australia who are the leading supplier and miller of reclaimed, recycled, and new architectural Australian timbers.
Ironwood’s focus on sustainable practices is evident from their new replanting scheme Future Forest, their mills have one of the highest recovery rates of timber (milled timber to sawdust ratio).
Ironwood Australia keep the history from where all our recycled timbers have originated from including factories, warehouses, wool sheds and heritage listed buildings, wharves and bridges
These beautiful timbers are included across all of our product range.
Popular uses of Recycled / Reclaimed Timber:
- Reclaimed Timber Cladding
- Reclaimed Timber Posts
- Reclaimed Timber Decking
- Reclaimed Timber Beams
Ironwood is an official recycler of timber bridges for the Roads and Maritime Services Authority. As heritage bridges are replaced with larger composite bridges the timber removed is recycled by Ironwood at our mill in Taree.
These timbers may have been in situ for over 100 years. They are extremely well seasoned and loaded with character waiting to be released by our milling processes. These timbers are class 1 durability species that often have accents such as bolt holes and surface checking.
The timber is delivered to Ironwood’s mill at Taree in NSW and then stored in a purpose built compound. From this point the timber is systematically de-treated of paint and chemical residues from the outer surfaces of the timber. Often this has only penetrated the timber 5-10mm and is removed through machines that plane o the layer. Before and after treatment samples are sent to an accredited laboratory for testing to ensure contaminates have been removed. We are then able to mill a variety of products from these timbers which are listed on the right.
In some cases the mill at Taree under its previous owner has supplied timbers to these bridges decades ago. This continues its carbon storage and useful life into the future as we recycle these heritage timber
Recycled / Reclaimed Timber – Environmental Impact
A major advantage of using recycled hardwood timbers are the positive environmental effects, including conservation of old growth forests, increased carbon storage and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
These recycled timber products can then be re-used to create unique effects in hardwood flooring, decking, beams, joists, trusses, posts, bollards, benchtops, furniture & cladding.
Numerous (Australian) Government reports have extolled the virtues of the use of timber over other building materials as a more environment friendly choice. Recycled timbers have the added advantage that when a timber is recycled (and thus does not get sent to land ll or naturally decay) the timber continues to be a vital store of carbon (40-50% of timber’s gross weight is carbon) as its useful life is extended beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended. We specialise in recycling timbers that may have been sawn up to 100 years ago which represent a recycled product that may be in excess of 400 years old.
Old growth forests, particularly in Asia, are shrinking at an alarming rate, and thus good quality timbers sourced from old trees are becoming more and more scarce. There is the scourge of palm oil