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Sometimes in our yard you need to know where to look to find something special.

I frequent the machine shop where I know Philip can be relied upon to hike out the interesting and the unusual from boards as they are going through for machining.

Then Peter and I argue over who get’s to have whatever treasure has been unearthed…

Mine!

Philip is a bit of a Wizard of Oz… pulling levers and switches and making everything happen behind a big, sawdust covered curtain.

Not many people get to meet him, but his handy-work is evident wherever you cast your eyes in our yard… including (behind the curtain) in the machine shop.

If, like Alice,  you’ve never been through the little door behind the curtain before, take a peak at what you are missing

There’s not much we can’t ask the Wizard of Oz to do for us so this week he will be mostly (apart from doing work for customers) machining us a new Sweet Chestnut floor for the office!

Don’t you want your own personal sawmill???

I know, we’re so spoiled!

Here he is…  our Philip…  showing off the lovely brown streak in our new floor…

…and see that woven panel behind on the wall? He made that up in two minutes right in front of me one day out of waste strips…  clever huh?

A lovely old Castanea sativa at Kew  http://www.kew.org/heritage/plants/sweetchestnut.html

Someones’ on their way to Ent moot…  http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3063/3079705221_018991c443_z.jpg?zz=1

Prepare to start collecting for roasting…  it’ll be Autumn before we know it…  http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Roast-Chestnuts—Holiday-Recipes-80487258

The Wizard himself in 1939 guise with Judy et al .. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/ and Alice in 1951 although you really should read the book..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLIqErnQCuw

Shopping for a six head moulder? Weinig machines http://www.weinig.com or try Weinig TV! http://www.youtube.com/user/WEINIGGROUP or come and watch our Weining TV behind the curtain with the Wizard of the machine shop www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk

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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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