Australian Architectural Hardwoods have supplied recycled hardwoods, a majority of it from the NSW north coast, to leading architects including Glenn Murcutt, Peter Stuchbury, Richard Leplastrier, Kerry Hill, Alexander Tzannes and Louise Nettleton.
Located in Kempsey, NSW, Australian Architectural Hardwoods salvages timber from demolitions of large buildings such as wool stores, army barracks and wharves to collect a range of species and sizes that are usually fully seasoned, and do not behave like green timber.
The timber is taken to Kempsey, where any bolts and nails are removed; then, it is graded and, if necessary, dried. Because the timber has been able to season gradually for a long period, sometimes around one hundred years, the timber is more stable than kiln-dried timber, which means Australian Architectural Hardwoods can guarantee that the timber will not significantly warp or cup.
Species available include Blackbutt; Spotted Gum; Blue Gum; Tallowwood; Brushbox; White Mahogany; Ironbark; Jarrah and Karrri. Occasionally, Red Mahogany and Grey Gum are available, as well as the softwoods Hoop Pine and Oregon.
Products that Australian Architectural Hardwoods make from the recycled timber include wide floor boards up to 260mm cover. These are normally milled to a reversible tongue and groove profile, and come in three thicknesses, 26mm or even thicker; 18-22mm and 12mms.
Lining boards, decking, timber bench tops, laminated beams, stair treads, joinery and furniture sections, structural timbers, large posts and beams, and a huge cross section of timber to suit a variety of requirements is available.
Finishes include grey, sawn, dressed, water blasted, wire brushed or aged.