Use of of Tasmanian oak nabs joinery award

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A Dunedin joinery business has won a national award for its use of a “durable and beautiful” Australian hardwood.

Stevenson & Williams Limited won the best use of imported timber category in the NZ Master Joiner Awards in Auckland on Saturday.

Stevenson & Williams joinery manager Gary Turner, of Sawyers Bay, said the award recognised the use of Tasmanian oak by Stevenson & Williams staff when refitting a building in Vogel St.

“It was a bit of a shock.”

The South Dunedin business finished the project late last year.

Nearly $50,000 worth of Australian oak was used in the building including on walls, doors and reception counter in law firm Gallaway Cook Allan.

“It was a seamless look when everything was finished.”

The wood had created a “novel” work space, he said.

“They have spent a lot of money to create a nice . . . atmosphere for their staff.”

Tasmanian oak, a mixture of eucalyptus hardwoods, was chosen for its “availability, durability and beauty”.

“It’s very hard and stays very straight. On a situation like this where you are relying on everything to stay where you put it, you need to use something that is good.”

Stevenson & Williams used only sustainable timber and Tasmanian oak “ticked all the boxes”.

The Dunedin business also won the Otago and Southland regional award at the award ceremony at Villa Maria Estate on Saturday.

At the annual award ceremony – the largest industry awards of their kind in the country – Wood Solutions general manager Andrew Bellamy, of Outram, was presented the Owen Wright Memorial Trophy for services to joinery.

Honoured by win . . . Wood Solutions general manager Andrew Bellamy, of Dunedin, was presented the Owen Wright Memorial Trophy for services to joinery at the NZ Master Joiners Awards. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Mr Bellamy is the longest-serving member on the national NZ Master Joiners executive, Joinery National Advisory Group chairman and Joinery Training Trust co-director.

Mr Bellamy said he was “honoured” to take home the trophy, in memory of Mr Wright, who died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

“I was on the executive with Owen when he passed, so it’s awesome to get your name on the trophy.”

The supreme award winner was Oamaru business Firman Joinery Ltd, for a kitchen of a new home in Cromwell.

The aim of the awards was to promote excellence in joinery design and craftsmanship, encourage the use of sustainable material and showcase the very best work being done in the industry.