When Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood relocated to its new office, an opportunity arose for both to create a “Timber Hub” – a shared vision showcasing Responsible Wood certified Queensland timber species to visitors and stakeholders alike.

Working with long term Timber Queensland members and stakeholders, the ‘Timber Hub’ has undergone a transformation with timber materials and supplies generously donated from a variety of members for the new fit-out.

Adding to the complexity, the “Timber Hub” is seeking to achieve Responsible Wood project certification – with the assistance of SCS Global Services.

And behind every great transformation, is an expert craftsman.

Enter Peter Arcus, of Anything Wood, who draws on 45 years of craftsmanship in carpentry and joinery:

“I was thrilled to be commissioned by ‘Timber Queensland’ and to be apart of this broad spectrum project. It was not without its fair share of construction issues but sorting these and getting results satisfactory to all involved, is always for me a powerful motivator. All the while keeping within budget.”

A native New Zealander, Peter runs his own timber joinery operation in Brisbane who has also spent time working on Norfolk Island as manager of the local sawmill and timber cabinetry business.

With a passion for joinery and music, Peter’s company ‘Anything Wood’ specialises in delivering bespoke timber carpentry and joinery services.

Peter installed the pre-fabricated walls used in the refurbishment as well as other on-site detailing, including timber doors and cladding, bringing the original vision for Timber Queensland developed by Mark Hogan from Architectus to life.

In the new “Timber Hub,” individual offices, common and break areas, and the foyer have been framed with a variety of timbers and hardwood upright dowels – with a deliberate emphasis on “biomorphism” where wood is used to reflect the patterns and shapes as seen in nature.

Mick Stephens, CEO of Timber Queensland, explains:

“The concept from day one was to reflect the warm and wonderful features of wood as well as showcase the variety of commercial timber products and species produced in Queensland. Based on the concept designs from Architectus, Peter was able to bring this vision to life.

His attention to detail and ability to deal flexibly with pre-fabricated components and a variety of different materials was perfect for this type of bespoke project. The “Timber Forest” screens in the foyer were a highlight of the project and a testimony to his craftmanship, having put into practice the artistic vision of the concept design.

Having spent time myself on Norfolk Island in the early 2000s, it was also great to share our love of timber and connection with some Norfolk pine furniture of mine made from the same cabinetry business managed by Peter some years ago.

As the project nears completion, the next phase will be the inclusion of timber furniture including an exquisite board room table using three Far North Queensland species sourced from Branch95 and produced by DTM Timber in Maryborough. Mary Valley Timbers from Dagun are also producing a raised meeting table using local eucalyptus hardwood from South-East Queensland.

As a finishing touch, I’d also like to enhance the office space with a locally crafted timber surfboard as a well as a fine acoustic guitar made with local wood species. This would provide additional life and ambience to the office space and would also represent the ubiquitous nature of wood in our everyday lives. Many of the great people working in the Queensland timber industry are avid surfers, and at the end of the day who doesn’t like music.

I’m sure a fine craftsman like Peter would also appreciate these final touches to the “Timber Hub” combining a passion for timber, music and the great outdoors.

MATERIALS and SUPPLIERS

Glulam beams for Boardroom – Hyne Timber

Treated pine framing for international constructions – Hyne Timber

Plywood cladding for kitchen – PNG Forest Products

Hoop appearance plywood for partition sheeting and entrance box bases – Austral Plywood

Flooring underlay plywood – Carter Holt Harvey

Solid Spotted Gum hardwood timber flooring – Parkside

Solid Darwin Stringybark timber flooring – DTM Timber

Engineered Blackbutt timber flooring – Boral Timber

Black Shou Sugi Ban cladding – Hurford Wholesale

Recycled timbers for wall partitions, battens, dowels, and skirting boards – Kennedy’s Timber

Cypress doors – EcoCottages

Adhesives for timber flooring – Mapei

DESIGN & TRADES

Architect – Architectus (Brisbane)

Installation of timber flooring – Scribed Flooring

Wall partitions and timber machining – AllKind Joinery & Glass

Carpenter/Joiner – Peter Arcus – Anything Wood

Painting – Sarri Painters 

PROJECT CERTIFICATION

Certification Body – SCS Global Services