The Forest Product Commission’s most recent timber auction on 23 June looked a little bit different.
Senior Timber Assessor Steve Davis said that the yearly Manjimup timber auction is a departure from the more regular Harvey auction.
“We usually get around 30 bidders at the Manjimup auctions and the lots are kept purposefully small to suit artisans and craftspeople,” Mr. Davis said.
“We must have gotten the mix just about right this time with 96 of the 100 lots on offer being sold,” Mr. Davis said.
The FPC holds one timber auction in Manjimup every year, coinciding with the Truffle Kerfuffle festival, giving locals a chance to get some unique timber.
“We had people from Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and even Carnarvon attend,” Mr. Davis said.
“The main difference between the Harvey and Manjimup auctions is that at the Harvey auctions we include a large quantity of logs, while Manjimup is just small lots of timber,” Mr. Davis said.
The uses for the timber will vary, with some commercial and some hobbyist.
“Some of the timbers will be used for furniture, while the bidder from Carnarvon said he will sell the timber in his hardware shop up there,” Mr. Davis said
The next timber auction will be held at the Harvey mill on 15 September, 2018.