Cocking Sawmill history. The air dried yard with beech stacks


Sawing English hardwoods at Cocking Sawmills since 1942.

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South Downs Way and traditional hand riven Chestnut laths


Traditional skills make traditional products.

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Green Oak frame roof structure by Guy Ballard Carpentry


Quality timber is our bread and butter.

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Peter measuring ansd selecting for a bespoke floor


Our wood is your wood. We just fell it, cut it, measure it, grade it, stick it, dry it, love  it, select it and then machine it (if you want us to).

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a sawmill at work.the movie by woodlands tv

A Sawmill at Work: The Movie

If you’re wondering what on earth we’re doing up here on the South Downs then sit back, watch this movie & wonder no more!

The nice people at Woodlands.TV paid us a visit this summer and brought some strange movie making thing-um-y-jigs with them.

They followed Tom & the team round the yard talking about trees & wood & boules & boards & this was the result

We think they did a great job, what do you think?

And here’s another film about a project we’re proud to be involved in with B&Q & the Sylva foundation, the Good Woods project. Connecting woodland owners with forest managers to encourage woodland management.

Having a YouTube moment? Don’t stop now! Have a look at EnglishWoodlands TV. Coffee break sized videos of wood & trees!

Watch the movie
plane a waney edge board for an instant dining table

Instant Table (or Desk) !

Boy, do we have the answer to your dream table (or desk).  

Want one? Ok, here’s what you do. You have a look around & make a note of the right size for your room. Then you get yourself a nice beverage (nibbles as required) you put The Grand Budapest Hotel on in the background & you sit down in front of our stocklist & you browse around… a little bit of Ash here, a little bit of Chestnut there… until you find a board that sounds just right.

You pick it (use the picking list + thingamajig) then email it (use the email @ thingamajig) & one of our sales team will get in touch to find out how they can help (cut to the chase & pick up the phone anytime… 01730 816941)

They pull it, plane it on our super wide planer (800mm max) & then you come over & take it home, plonk it on a couple of trestles (it’s gonna be heavy so they’d better be strong!) & oil it up nicely and hey presto! its as simple as that.

Just a big plank of wood with a little planing & a little oil but unique, beautiful & a real conversation piece. 

The best table (or desk) ever!

Pick a board, any board!
Sweet Chestnut Cladding

Sweet Chestnut Cladding

Air dried, finger-jointed, PEFC Sweet Chestnut Cladding…  that’s a mouthful and no mistake!

Well, it’s sure is a cladding with a big name and an even bigger reputation.

It’s been on the sidelines for a while, coming in behind our beloved Oak in the popularity stakes, but now it seems our little friend Castanea Sativa is catching up & making a bit of ground on good old Oak.

Sweet Chestnut finger-jointed cladding is here to stay for a multitude of reasons, not least of all the 4.5M lengths that make fixing a cinch, the low maintenance ‘do nothing’ finish that, left to weather, gets better with age…

For us, it’s the knowledge that it comes from well managed woodlands with the superb sustainability credentials of PEFC certified timber that seal it’s fate.

Sounds too good to be true? Don’t you believe it.

Poor man’s nothing… Sweet Chestnut is beautiful, sustainable hardwood cladding at it’s best, and you wait ’til you see the price!!!

Chestnut Cladding Stock