ASH has been manufacturing high quality timber products to the Australian market for over 30 years.
ASH differs from the average sawmill in that we value quality and innovation with a need to streamline the manufacturing process for our partners. Decades of experience and 6 manufacturing operations means we know what to look for in quality timber and produce the best outcome. Our process has been designed to get the most from regrowth harvest and maximise efficiency and quality in a safe manner.
These are the careful steps we take with every stick of timber:
Our main resource is a mix of Eucalyptus Regnans and Eucalyptus Delegatensis – two very similar species – which can be processed together without affecting drying, cutting or colour. The timber is quarter sawn into slabs and allowed to slowly air dry. Quarter sawing timber is the most stable form of timber possible and is one of the differences that make GoodWood Victorian Ash so predictable.
Our location was carefully selected many years ago in a dry belt on flat ground that naturally allows the right amount of sun and air flow to slowly equalize the timber until it is ready for kiln drying. This process minimises internal stresses or need for burning unnecessary fossil fuels for power. The large open space guarantees that our racks of timber aren’t rushed through production either, which means they are only selected for reconditioning and kiln drying when they are ready. Not before they are ready.
The power for each kiln is created when burning dry sawdust – a carbon neutral process that releases only the amount of carbon of which was taken in by the tree during photosynthesis. Sustainable harvesting practices ensure that the carbon released is captured again within the next regeneration program thereby eliminating the need to burn fossil fuels for energy. For more information on ASH sustainability, look up www.ash.com.au/why-victorian-ash-is-sustainable.
The timber inside the kiln is connected to a computer to regulate temperature, humidity and wind speed. The computer only allows the drying process to stop once the timber has reached the optimum 10% moisture content (MC).
At 10% MC, GoodWood Victorian Ash has completed most of its shrinking. It is at this point that we straight line cut (a process unique to ASH) to ensure that the manufacturer does not need to straighten before use.
An ultrasound scanner searches for internal defects and the timber is graded. The resulting product being the most stable, straight, well graded and dried timber possible.
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