They came, they re-sawed, they conquered… the V&A

I’m obviously still getting over the loss of the re-saw !  I’ve been looking back at it’s usefulness over the years I realise we only really fired it up for all the really awkward jobs… timber that was too small for the Stenner bandsaw, or too big for the Wadkin straight line edger or when someone needed some featheredge cladding at the last minute..  or anything  that it wasn’t physically possible to do with a chainsaw.

It was good (and I use this term loosely) for re-sawing air dried Oak beams, or for square edging the unwieldy 100mm or 120mm French waney edge Oak boards..  or for any other unusual job that no other machine could handle… like the quartering of a Sweet Chestnut log for an art project at the V&A! (more…)

The re-saw at work

To prove it really did work once here is the machine itself in action.. the re-saw.. Graham at the helm… ripping down some fresh sawn Oak which we couldn’t do on any other machine.

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The bandmill in the sky

don't you love old bandsaw blades! these beauties have been going for years with the help of a saw doctor or twothe old re-saw from the band mill which is now on it's way to the band mill in the skyready to be collected for scrap, cocking sawmills dear old re-saw

the old re-saw flywheel waiting for it's last journey to the band mill in the skyhere's the old re-saw with the side showing the manufacturer in red at cocking sawmills waiting for it's last journey to the band mill in the skyhere's the old re-saw from cocking sawmills waiting for it's last journey to the band mill in the sky

here's the old re-saw that we used up until last week here at cocking sawmills waiting for it's last journey to the band mill in the skywe used this old re-saw for about 50 odd years here at cocking sawmills waiting for it's last journey to the band mill in the skythe old re-saw from the band mill waiting for collection

One dreary January morning we finally lost our old re-saw to the bandmill in the sky (the bandsaw we used for re-sawing boards & beams rather than cutting logs) commonly known as the scrap yard!

This was a wood working machine from our old bandmill was engineered and built by John Pickles & Sons of Hebden Bridge (see the lovely red painted lettering) goodness knows how long ago but we think the John Pickles company was manufacturing at the turn of the century (the 1900’s!).

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Irresistibubble… that’s what it is

Walnut boards always makes me think of Aero chocolate bars… which I haven’t even had for years. 

It’s these lovely little pieces of bubbly grained English Walnut boards, they’re busier than one of Peter’s Hawaiian shirts! And speaking of the Master & Commander of the Kiln Dried Shed, he’s been having a tidy up in the English Walnut bay because the new stock is in and he’s chopped off some long ends because they make his bay look untidy.

What a neat freak! 

  walnut waney edge boards in the kiln dried stock shed at cocking sawmills.. small ends have been planed ready for use

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B.C…. Before Cabin

Should we start a new calendar from today… from the first day in the life of our new portacabin ?

It is going to go down as quite a landmark moment at Cocking Sawmills, I can tell.. teahuts don’t grow on trees for timber suppliers you know.. !

graham worked hard as usual

So Graham worked hard, as usual, getting the site ready for our new Cabin and then all of a sudden it was here…  coming round the corner of the machine shed on a very smart lorry. (more…)

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