Talk about Tannin

 

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…)

TTJ Feature: Oak Passion

TTJ Timber Trades Journal  May 2018 feature by Stepehn Powney

English Woodlands has carved out a reputation as a passionate hardwood timber merchant on a growth trajectory. Stephen Powney visited its Cocking site

TTJ Markets Website

English Woodlands director Ian McNally says the hardwood business should be much akin to selling quality wine.

Meeting him at the company’s site in Cocking, deep in the Sussex countryside, he says a quality bottle of wine could cost a buyer £230.

To pay that, he added, you’d want to know a lot of information about the product, where it came from and that it had been properly stored and looked after.

“Why do we not do the same thing for a piece of wood at the same price?” he added.

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Illustrating a Timber Story

 

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.

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