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Timber

our saw mill at work cutting ash boardsSawn Timber

One of our new ventures is to turn lower value or specilist timber in to quality local boards and other timber products such as beams. We are doing this with the aid of our newest acquisition a Norwood bandsaw mill.

When we looked into saw mills we decided to follow tradition and convert the timber in the woods, as we do not have a large yard with covered buildings in which to work.

Since man first learned to make tools, timber has been converted from raw trees to usable products out in the woods. It was only with the advent of the tractor and lorry after the Second World War that the mass transportation of timber from woods to larger sawmills sometimes hundreds of miles way was possible.

Over the last 20-30 years many of the small local saw mills have closed pushed out by the larger mills and cheaper timber from chain stores, as well as the increase of fuel costs meaning that transportation cost can out way the value of the timber.

This means that finding specialist timbers is much harder. We think that we have the solution, using our mill we can convert small quantities of timber to usable boards.

we are planing to mill many of the native hardwoods as well as some softwood species. these should include:

Hardwood

  • Ash
  • Apple
  • Beach
  • Oak
  • Sycamore
  • Whitebeam

Softwood

  • Western red cedar
  • Corsican pine
  • Larch
  • Scots pine

We will also be using some of the timber to produce products such as raised beds and compost heaps