taken at dryandra just before our tour of Barna Mia wich is a captive beeding facility for endangered species eg bilby woylie,,ect ect. have fond memories of the Dryandra plantation
block near Cuballing wich was planted back in the 1940’s for the commercial production of brown mallet bark used in the tanning industry.
though that industry declined. A very enterprising local farmer mr Author Hunter realised that the mallet wood was a top material to make tool handles with about 1967 started the family run A.G.K Quality woodware factory on his farming property using the mallet timber from the Dryandra plantation. it was the only axe handle factory in western australia making about 52 different wooden tool handles for every use and description sadly after about 38 years due to aggressive cheap international products flooding the australian market demand for high quality and finished tool handles declined the factory closed in december 2005. I myself spent 10 wonderful years as leading hand for the Hunter family a highlight of my working life , taking tour groups through the factory and explaining the process of turning wood into tool handles was a part of my job with passion and inspiration from dear Author himself and son Geoff. IT was a sad day as I the last employee had to leave.it was a long drive down to the road to town