Growing up in and around the woodlands and woodyards of South East England we felt young illustrator Thomas WH Compton was well placed to turn his creative skills to our timber story.
Designed to illustrate the processes, skills and people involved in bringing beautiful wood to market, this print series was Thomas’s response to our brief and we’re really pleased with the results. The story of our British timber, from tree selection out in the forests to sawmilling, drying, cataloging and tagging each individual board so that British woodworkers can source great homegrown timber is told here in these super illustrations.
TIMBER SELECTOR & CUSTOMER ASSISTANT
This role is as part of a small and growing team in our timber yard at Cocking Sawmills.
Our timber yard team takes care of our customers and our wood. Listening to customers and understanding their needs is a big part of the daily work. Here people skills and wood knowledge go hand in hand. (more…)
OR How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tannin.
There aren’t many certainties in this life but the presence of Tannin in Oak and Chestnut is definitely one of them.
Both of these popular timber species have high levels of Tannic acid (it’s actually Quertannic acid but let’s call it Tannin for short). In fact, most tree and plant species contain tannin in varying levels and strengths. We’re mostly concerned with Oak and Chestnut because these two beloved timber species have high levels of tannin and we use them for just about everything. (more…)
…not an instrument of torture but a playground for woodfans.
The Cocking Sawmills Timber Rack has been around forever (or at least 4 years!). Recently it’s taken on a life of it’s own, a sort of woodyard within a woodyard. In response to crowds of woodfans vying for elbow room in the overly stocked, single bay of racking… we’ve had a makeover. And not just any makeover. A proper makeover, with real thought and planning and everything!