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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…)

The Timber Rack…

…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!

 

the covered yard workshop and timber rack in the kiln dried shed at cocking sawmills (more…)

Great British Wood #GiBWeek2017

 Grown in Britain week 2017

Grown in Britain Week is an opportunity for us all to celebrate homegrown timber.

When we say celebrate we really mean it. We love our homegrown timbers. We know that they’re becoming more and more sought after by woodworkers and woodfans everywhere which makes us incredibly happy. We can’t help but think that this welcome change has been energised by the work of the team at Grown in Britain. (more…)

English logs start off our Autumn sawmilling

This week Tom took a trip up to Helmdon Sawmill to select our next batch of English logs for milling.

As usual he’s keeping us well stocked with large dimension Cedar of Lebanon logs to make boules of 20mm and 27mm waney edge for furniture making and interior cladding. There are no Tineola bisselliella on us…!  

Cedar of Lebanon logs for 20mm and 27mm boules and boards perfect for furniture making

 

Next on the list is the sought after yet hard to come by English Walnut he’s been keeping for best.

english walnut logs sitting in wait for the big decision on what thickness to cut

He’s decided it’s time to commit so he’s putting it on the bandsaw but Tom says we’ll have to wait until we’re sticking it to find out what thickness it is. We all piped up with different suggestions based on wants and needs for different customers – not very helpful – but as Tom only has the two logs to mill this time we’re going to have see who gets their way… but perhaps it’ll be mixed thickness?! That would be clever…

english walnut logs sitting in wait for the big cut

After Walnut we get a nice big parcel of Pippy Oak from the Scottish borders. It grows beautifully up there in the cooler climes. Big straight logs with lots of good looking external burring indicating we could be in for some nice medium and perhaps a bit of heavy pip.

a lovely selection of scottish pippy oak logs ready for sawmilling

Tom will be watching this parcel closely… he loves to predict his pippy log outcomes. We’d all be happy if some of those logs we’re over 3m, nice, long pippy oak for kitchen joinery and table making to add to the mix for some furniture makers we know…

 

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Read about how Tom chooses logs to buy

See our Walnut boards

See our Cedar of Lebanon boards

See our Scottish Oak boards

Find our more about BOULES

See our Boules stock

Read more blog posts about english logs & boules

 

Making the Grade

A guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber

Making the Grade is a really useful reference guide to grading homegrown timber species with a focus on wood for furniture making, joinery & cabinetry.

It describes and identifies many of the particular characteristics most commonly found in English and UK hardwoods and it includes useful information on measuring and selecting timber.

Download a copy to keep by clicking on the link below.

 

Making the Grade a guide to british hardwood timber grading and grades with English Woodlands Timber

 

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