We carefully select each piece of timber and deeply consider how it could be transformed into something of value whilst minimising offcuts and waste. We aim to create beautiful pieces that are both practical and tell a small part of the Tasmanian story.
Andy McLorinan and Rayne Kingston bought Kyries Tasmanian Timber Products some 20 years ago after changes in their careers. Building upon their previous skills, they design and craft products for their Salamanca Market-based business, with some production for other tourism businesses reflecting their specific offer through timber mementos, utility and decorative pieces.
Fresh into the industry they saw a waste of perfectly good resource and have been motivated ever since to not be part of that process. A key component of their business is to add value through practice, thinking and quality, positioning themselves in the market by creating a reminder, and an example of, the special nature of Tasmania.
Over time they have evaluated and redesigned each component of their business and range and continue to redesign their market offerings. Each product encompasses the full value chain from collection of logs, through milling, drying, product design, production and marketing. Each element of the value chain is considered, managed and connected to get best recovery, product and quality, minimising waste. Everything is used.
They have an extensive private network of providers developed over time, including fallen trees from wind storms, trees being removed and other harvested to suit. The only product sourced via IST is Huon Pine. It is their hands-on approach, combined now with years of experience working from log to the final object, that allows them to get over 90% recovery from a log via a narrow blade. A ‘eye’ for how a log will be cut and used, what it will best be used for is now like a second sense to Andy and he prides himself on his ability to mill logs to reflect potential product and best value add based on a log’s characteristics.
After initially buying the business, they chose to downsize, moving from a workshop and production employee model to a complimentary partnership focusing on the value add for each piece of timber by:
• linking timber characteristic to potential product;
• minimising waste in milling and cutting to pattern;
• designing product range to suit timber characteristic; and
• focusing on small products, relatively low value but high margin.