Archive for January, 2012

When I have a spare minute I like to go out in the air dried yard and wander among the log stacks…

…not only because I love to get wafts of Cedar of Lebanon perfume on the breeze and not only because there is so much incredible nature to see in our yard (we have amazing birdlife.. and hares!!)  but also because I love to see the sawn logs all stacked up, drying. (more…)


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Peter Guille at Bespoke Green Oak sent us pictures of these fantastic folding doors he made from our English Oak… WOW..  who needs solid walls when you can have moving ones like this?

Peter works not so far away from us at his workshop near Romsey, Hampshire. To see more of his handiwork drop in to see him or visit his website http://www.bespokegreenoak.co.uk/ or blog  http://bespokegreenoak.wordpress.com/

Bespoke Green Oak make a special effort to only use homegrown Oak in their furniture, joinery and garden structures. This timber comes mainly from trees grown in the south eastern quarter of the country – Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey. 

This means that when you commission work from Peter at Bespoke Green Oak you are supporting foresters, woodland workers and independent sawmills who are hard at work preserving our woodland heritage and our national timber industry.

You have to admire this genuinely sustainable approach to woodworking as the market is flooded with wonderful imported timbers.. but we’re on Peter’s side… to us nothing beats English timber.. and luckily we have lots of it to play with!

For more about English timber go to www.localtimber.co.uk  and www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk

Peter’s photos were taken by www.propertyfocus.co

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I just couldn’t wait to show you all this floor that Philip has prepared for the cabin from our downgraded Ash & American Walnut stocks. (more…)

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I’m obviously still getting over the loss of the re-saw !  I’ve been looking back at it’s usefulness over the years I realise we only really fired it up for all the really awkward jobs… timber that was too small for the Stenner bandsaw, or too big for the Wadkin straight line edger or when someone needed some featheredge cladding at the last minute..  or anything  that it wasn’t physically possible to do with a chainsaw.

It was good (and I use this term loosely) for re-sawing air dried Oak beams, or for square edging the unwieldy 100mm or 120mm French waney edge Oak boards..  or for any other unusual job that no other machine could handle… like the quartering of a Sweet Chestnut log for an art project at the V&A! (more…)

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To prove it really did work once here is the machine itself in action.. the re-saw.. Graham at the helm… ripping down some fresh sawn Oak which we couldn’t do on any other machine.

More on vintage woodworking machinery



Find out more about what we do at www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk

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One dreary January morning earlier this week we finally lost our old re-saw to the bandmill in the sky (the bandsaw we used for re-sawing boards & beams rather than cutting logs) commonly known as the scrap yard! (more…)

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