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Passionate About Australian Wood? Check out Rowan's new book "Heartwood".

Based on 30 years of growing trees on his own farm in Australia and what he has learned from hundreds of farmers and researchers around Australia and overseas. Rowan Reid has published "Heartwood".

The chapters are loosely based around 15 of the tree species that he grows on his farm for high quality timber. He uses these as examples to talk about the wood quality, values, management and processing of more than 100 specialty timber species that he thinks Australian farmers could grow. Chapter titles includes tropical species like Australian Red Cedar, exotics like English Oak and Coast Redwood, native class 1 durable timbers (Red Ironbark) and Australian local indigenous trees such as Australian Blackwood. There are also chapters on the usual suspects like Spotted Gum, Sydney Blue Gum, River Sheoak, Black Walnut, Poplars and Mountain Ash.

Rowan owns a Norwood LumberPro HD36 and uses it to convert trees he selectively harvests from his farm into profitable timber.

You can order your own copy of this book directly from Rowan at

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Thanks for the heads-up on the book, Sage.  Rowan has done a lot of good work for forestry in Australia.  Hopefully, I'll be able to persuade him to sign my copy.

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Thanks Sage,

I have just joined. Learning how to post.


Rowan Reid


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The Australian tree book that is changing the way people talk about tree - and cutting them down!  

Heartwood - The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit. by Rowan Reid

Rowan is a 56-yr-old Forest Scientist, 30 year tree grower and 10 year owner of a Norwood Lumbermate from downunder (Victoria, Australia).

15 chapter species including: Black Walnut, Oak, Poplar, Coast Redwood, Eucalypts, Acacia, Toona, Casuarina, Grevillea. 

All about the planting, pruning, thinning, harvesting, milling, drying and furniture value of the timber - and all the conservation benefits for soil, water, atmosphere and biodiversity. 

Review published this week by Chris Clark - Editor of Australian WoodSmith magazine

"Heartwood was the best read I had for 2017. It has changed the way I see the landscape"

"He writes beautifully and takes the reader on a journey that will change perceptions of the landscape"

"This is a gem of a book bound to become a classic in the field of agroforestry."

"This truly is a classic and is well worth the purchase price just for the photos alone!"

Book Depository is currently discounting the book by more than 20% and providing free delivery worldwide - great opportunity to get your copy wherever you live:

Oakie - I'll sign a copy for you when you invite me over! Would love to share knowledge and experience with other Norwood owners.