The versatility of timber means that it has a broad range of uses in today’s society. Timber is most commonly associated with building and construction materials, but as you will see from the list bellow, timber plays an important role in many aspects of todays world.
- Air dispensers (eg aquariums)
- Artificial limbs
- Bakers equipment
- Balconies, decks and terraces
- Boat and Ship construction
- Bee hives
- Carvings and sculptures
- Cabinet making
- Fuel/power generation
- Glass manufacture
- Log cabins
- Musical instruments
- Oils used in
- paints and varnishes
- Paper and paper products
- Power poles
- Railway sleepers
- Saunas and hot tubs
- Smoking produce (eg fish and meat)
This list is by no means exhaustive, but one can see that timber plays an important role in modern society.
Timber Benefits (over other construction materials)
- The only 100% renewable resource of construction material.
- Renewable resource allows for the direct employment of hundreds of thousands of people in the Australian building industry (directly and indirectly). Thus improving the local economy.
- Timber from managed plantations are Greenhouse Gas Reducing.
- Eccologically safe and sound to handle and dispose.
- Natural variations add aesthetic interest.