Master craftsman’s rare wood stash for sale

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Master craftsman Colin Blumson’s life’s work is truly larger than life and epitomised in the imposing gothic carvings and architectural features created for St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. From 1956 to 1996 Colin crafted the canopy for the archbishop’s throne, as well as lectern railings, most of the choir and cannon stalls and the organ loft above.

Later in the 90s, Colin worked with environmentalist and conservationist Hugh Lavery to make hundreds of decorative Australian decoy ducks from Australian timbers. More recently Colin has been designing and building observatory domes which have been shipped worldwide to Iceland, England, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the US, Middle East and India.

At this point Colin is considering retirement and looking to downsize his Sunshine Coast workshop. During his career he has collected a precious and well seasoned collection of quality timbers that he is now looking to find the right home for.

Amongst his timber collection are red cedar and milky pine. There is also a large quantity of red silkwood aka pencil cedar (Palaquium galactoxylum) in large sections sourced from North Queensland. This species in particular is now sought after as it is not readily available due to changes in timber harvesting regulations.

Colin envisions its use in interior architecture can imagine it being featured for architectural and bespoke projects such as stairways, sculptures, kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities or structural/ornate beams. ‘The timber is perfectly seasoned, and I would love to see it being used to its full potential’, said Colin.

For more information call Col Blumson 0417 707 567 or email

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