Kapi-Mana News : October 18th 2011
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 ADVERTISING FEATURE ...the smart way to garden. 04 234 7632 The Old Cobham Mill 161 SH58, Pauatahanui www.oldmanmac.co.nz KITSET GARDEN BOX (Constructed from 200 mm x 50 mm untreated macrocarpa) 2mx1mx400mm plus 1/2 m3 organic garden mix for just $270! GARDEN BOXES (Constructed from 200 mm x 100 mm untreated macrocarpa sleepers -- includes all screws, ready to assemble) Standard sizes: (other sizes made to order) 2m x1m x400mm $199(includesGST) 3mx1mx400mm $255 LABOUR WEEKEND HOURS: SATURDAY ALL DAY PLANTER BOXES... NORTH CITY SHINGLE SUPPLIES Phone 04 237 9618 • Fax 04 237 9617 Suppliers of: • Cement • Composts • Base Course • Bark Products • Sand, Soil & Mix • Drainage Material 3555620 7 Matiu Close, Elsdon OPEN 7 DAYS • Mon-Fri 7.30aM-4.30pM • Sat 8aM-4pM • Sun 10aM-2pM Need a tradesman? And many more....... Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. Glass fitter Plumber Roofer Electrician Gasfitter Gardener Paver Cat door Builder Heat pumps Pool cleaner Appliance repairs www.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz Insulation 3834411AA 233 8162 TradeServices iIntelligent Trade Services Ltd Milling about: The Old Man Mac team, from left, Joe Kelland, managing director Tony Bevan, Jody Smith, Kurt Walsh and Tony Miles. Macrocarpa masters can spruce up garden Dashing along State Highway 58 between Pauatahanui and Judgeford it's easy to miss Old Man Mac at the Old Cobham Mill -- because it's tucked in at the side of the road. The premises --sawmill, machine shop, timber and landscaping yard -- are hidden behind trees, hedges and wire fences. But security is important because behind those barriers, some ''macrocarpa miracles'' are taking place. Macrocarpa is now in demand for high quality outdoor furniture and interior use, as well as the more traditional landscaping, fencing and garden structures. It has good longevity and is an eco- friendly wood with none of the nasties associated with treated timber. Councils and public bodies are turning to macrocarpa for street furniture, such as seating on the Plimmerton foreshore, retaining walls and public playgrounds. For the past 50 years there has been a mill on this site on the Pauatahanui/Haywards road. Pauatahanui and Judgeford had several mills during the 1900s, but Old Man Mac may be the last of the originals. For many years the business was known as Bright's Mill, and Cobham Mill, then Kiwi Mill, until local company Old Man Mac took it over, four years ago. Tony Bevan fronts the company and leads his team of four permanent staff. ''We are a local identity, owned by locals, employing locals and supplying the local community. We are truly independent and are free to source our timber from Ruakaka -- near Whangarei -- to Bluff. ''We source quality timber at competitive rates and pass those savings on to the customer.'' Tony understands the properties of timber, and can advise clients knowledgeably about the best timber for the project they are asking about. ''We rarely sell the goods without the know-how -- because we want our clients to be satisfied and pleased with the results. ''As a mill, we also have the advantage of actually being able to cut the timber here on site, so we supply the timber exactly the way the client requires it. And with our machine shop we can also profile accordingly.'' Macrocarpa is Old Man Mac's speciality. And while much of their work is in milling and supplying macrocarpa timber to order, they also supply -- and mill -- pine and other exotic species. They are well-located for clients from Wellington, Kapiti/Mana and the Hutt Valley, who are looking for landscaping timber, farm fencing supplies, tanalised timber posts and poles, and garden accessories -- sleepers, edging, raised garden boxes and outdoor furniture. Wastage at the site is minimal. By-products are collected, bagged and sold: shavings for chicken boxes, stables and animal hutches; untreated sawdust for food smoking and garden use; timber offcuts are sold as firewood. Smaller offcuts are mulched for use by landscapers and gardeners. Along with mulch, other garden/landscaping supplies include garden mix, topsoil, builders mix and a range of river stones from small and large boulders to feature ''taipo'' rocks. It makes sense that if you are selling raised garden boxes, you offer the total service. ''As the summer approaches, it's time to get outdoors again and get cracking,'' enthuses Tony. Old Man Mac, 161 State Highway 58, Pauatahanui. Phone 04 234 7632 or mobile 027 688 2354, open Monday to Friday 8.30am till 5pm, Saturday 8.30am till 2pm, Labour Weekend: Open all day Saturday. Renovation help online Handy help: The new website specialising in renovations is a valuable source of information. 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