Jez2983 wrote: Pachinko_ wrote:
Jez2983 wrote:That stuff is rad. My son and I have sanded some reclaimed.pieces of huon back. We'll oil them and then have 2 nicer chopping boards than we have!
huon back... as in huon pine maybe? This stuff is expensive, and my favourite material of all. That scent
My crap typing. I meant we have a couple of pieces of huon pine we have sanded back. It's expensive but takes hundreds of years to get to a harvestable size.
My son has a bag of huon shavings he loves to smell
Thousands of years actually, huon pine is the oldest living thing in the world, some trees are estimated to be over 2,000 years old.
It's actually forbidden to harvest it these days. It's possibly the best timber for woodworking because it's so full of natural oils that it's impervious to all kinds of bugs and practically water proof, that's why it was incredibly popular for boat building. And it's famous for how easy and pleasant it is to work with it, and it looks great when finished.
Then they stopped harvesting it decades ago (in the 70's I think?) when they realised it's not a good idea to kill trees that take thousands of years to grow. Last time they cut some was when they absolutely had to to build a dam, and those logs are still floating on a lake in Tasmania. The Govt has taken control of them and releases them to the market few at the time, and nobody is allowed to buy it in large quantities. That's the last stock of harvested huon pine and is estimated to last us a few more decades at this rate.
Tell your son to smell while he can