John Fairweather Specialty Timber Solutions

Turning trees into something special

Eucalyptus timbers especially

  • Yard: 162 Harleston road, Sefton, North Canterbury. Directions »

  • All correspondence and small deliveries to the office at 180 Cavendish road, Casebrook, Christchurch, 8051.

  • Phone 021 2110705 Email:

...use New Zealand-grown hardwoods

We specialise in quality hardwood solid timber flooring. We take logs and mill them carefully to produce stress relieved timber, then dry and machine the timber into specialty products. This comprehensive process requires skill and specialised machinery.


    • Bring your log or logs to me and I will mill them into whatever size timber you want.

    • My Wood-Mizer LT70 can cut slabs up to 700mm wide. The mill can handle logs up to 6m long and 1m in diameter.

    • This service costs from $250/hour.

    • Recent jobs include macrocarpa benchtops, railway sleepers cut for flooring, and sundry feature logs for joinery work.

    • Bring your timber to me and I will machine it into your required profile.

    • The Logosol planer moulder can produce a variety of machined timber.

    • I have some profile knives in stock and can have a knife for any profile prepared.

The log specifications are:

    • Small end diameter >40cm

    • Log length 3m

    • Average diameter 45cm but can take up to 1m

    • No branches, some small branch stubs acceptable.

    • Freshly felled/crosscut.

Main timber species:

    • Eucalyptus

Machined timber:

    • Tongue and groove flooring

    • Parquet flooring

    • Skirting boards and mouldings.

Laminated timber:

    • Benchtops

    • Stair treads

    • Tables

Milled timber:

    • Outdoor above-ground use

    • Outdoor in-ground use (Ironbark)

    • Timber for fine furniture

    • Decking

    • Yard rails

    • Bridges.

...use New Zealand-grown hardwoods

Welcome to John Fairweather Specialty Timber Solutions

John Fairweather Specialty Timber Solutions produces hardwood timber products from eucalyptus trees grown in Canterbury. We specialise in solid timber flooring.

It is sometimes thought that eucalyptus trees are good for firewood only. People have observed that eucalyptus logs have a tendency to split. They do split because of the tension in the log. However, careful milling and drying can overcome this problem and this allows us to produce high quality and stable timber. Research by Scion shows that eucalyptus nitens flooring has similar qualities to commercially available European Oak flooring, see

Some overseas hardwoods which are claimed to be sustainably produced are not what they are claimed to be.

Using locally-grown hardwoods creates jobs and contributes to the Canterbury economy.

Helping you to experience the pleasure of enhancing your living environment with wood.

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Timber samples