Go take a look at the ugly old telegraph pole in your front yard, it's probably about to be removed, chopped into pieces, thrown to landfill and replaced with a concrete pole.
Not if Thor’s Hammer gets hold of it!
Most people don’t know but beyond their old haggard exterior these old telegraph poles are full of beautiful timber: Usually Ironbark, Spotted Gum or Tallowwood, all super dense and durable for flooring, cladding or decking.
Any bolts and metal are carefully removed from the old poles and then they are sawn* and kiln dried ready to be profiled into flooring, decking or cladding.
Today, you can see in the photo, Ewald and Callum are running the sawn telegraph pole timbers through our Weinig Moulder to add a tongue and groove profile to fulfil a customer order for floorboards in their house.
You will notice the rustic cracking and old bolt holes from where the cross bars were attached. These give the timber an awesome character, and can be filled with a resin, or with timber plugs made from the offcuts to provide a smooth surface once installed in your house or business.
We currently make two sizes of extra wide flooring from the telegraph pole timbers: 125x19mm and 170x19mm.
If your keen on some recycled flooring or decking give us a call let us know what you are after http://www.thors.com.au/contact/.
*All the sapwood from the outside of the pole is removed during the sawing process. This removes any CCA treatment the poles may have been given as it only penetrates the sapwood. The treated timbers are disposed of through high temperature incineration in one of the power stations up in the Hunter Valley.