Australians love hardwood timber for its look and functionality but at what cost to the environment?
Of any tree cut down, less than 30 per cent is generally used in products like flooring because current sawmilling methods are extremely inefficient.
Radial Sawing Technology
Radial sawing, invented and developed at Yarram in Victoria’s South-East, challenges the sawmilling industry with the first changes to sawing patterns since the industry started hundreds of years ago.
Basically, Radial Timber produces more timber from smaller trees by using natural principles to saw logs into wedges (ie. slicing them up like a pizza). Sawing timber this way produces either perfectly quarter sawn wedge sectors or back sawn boards. Radial back sawn boards feature 22.5 degree sloping sides and when machined, can be profiled into almost any conventional timber cladding or lining product (see below). More timber out of a log means fewer trees are needed to produce the same volume of timber.
Conventional sawing cannot process smaller diameter logs which made it near impossible to saw plantation timber as the trees would take to long to grow to reach the correct diameter for processing (over 50+ years), but the Radial Sawing method prefers the smaller diameter logs, so we can now plant plantation hardwoods and harvest the trees around 20 year mark, and we are.