The long story of recycled hoop pine in Ghify’s furniture

There’s a bit of a long story behind some of the stylish recycled hoop pine used by GHIFY in their furniture manufacturing.

First a bit of technical stuff. Hoop pine is a conifer but not of the pinus species rather it is an Araucaria, specifically Auracaria Cunninghamii. It is also known as colonial pine, Queensland pine or Moreton Bay pine.

These amazing trees have a distinctive rough bark, which can range in colour from dark brown to nearly black.

The word “hoop” has been coined, because when bark is stripped from the trunk, it reveals a hoop pattern.

Although native to Queensland and northern New South Wales, much of the timber supplied to the building industry today is grown in plantations in south-east Queensland.

The plantation trees are harvested in a set regime, and rather than being allowed to reach their full potential, are pruned during their first decade of growth to maximise the timber quality.

Prior to WW2 and today’s harvesting regime becoming the accepted practice, trees were not pruned and lengths of 4×2 inches were often up to eight metres long – unheard of today.

GHIFY is acquiring some of these lengths of hoop pine as we continue to repurpose and recycle timber from around Queensland, for use in all our furniture, including in our dining tables and desks.

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