Wood Knowledge: Uses For Sweet Chestnut

Sweet, full of flavour and very, very strong…

Chestnut is a core stock species for us. It fits our sourcing and sustainability criteria like a glove. It’s tough, durable, beautiful, adaptable and it’s supported by a stable supply chain from well managed UK woodlands that makes our hearts glad.

Here Tom’s giving us the benefit of his half forestry / half timber knowledge explaining the uses and benefits of castanea sativa… Sweet Chestnut.

Search the stock for Chestnut –  https://bit.ly/ChestnutStock


Read more about Sweet Chestnut as a species
Not had enough Chestnut yet? Here are some more blog posts and if you’re a timber cladding fan you have to read the Lattice cladding post 🙂

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Hillgrove Timber Co: Exceptional Oak

Fine, wide, extraordinary.

Here’s, Nick showing us round some wonderful Oak boards from the Hillgrove Timber Co Reserve.

Hillgrove is home to The Reserve, a repository of the most extraordinary, unusual, rare and fine boards selected out of English Woodlands Timber general stocks and kept aside for fine furniture makers.

See more wide boards on our stock


Read more about Hillgrove Timber

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Case Study: Bryan Kelly’s home refurbishment

Meet Bryan, our first super user…

London based customer Bryan Kelly does all his board selection online and only visits when he needs to spec machining.

In this video Nick and Wayne host Bryan and team for a covid-safe board spec-ing session.

Bryan is our first super user customer. He chooses all the boards he wants for his home refurbishment using the webshop and stock search picking lists from the peace and quiet of his own desk. So far he’s bought over 300 boards this way!

Then we pick them, pack them and deliver them straight to his home or into his joinery team for working.

The only time Bryan needs to travel down from London is when he and his guys want to use our workshop for machining boards before we ship them – not everyone’s got a 1300mm wide planer sander in their workshop – and now we’ve got the hang of contactless collections that’s completely do-able.

Look out for pt 2, we’re hoping to catch Bryan mid-refurb to see what he’s doing with all those boards.


Get more info on our workshop services

Buy timber online from the shop or using stock search picking lists

Send a cutting list and pick your service


Watch more English Woodlands Timber videos on YouTube


All About Oak Grades: Have you heard of the Goldilocks Principle?

The Goldilocks principle says there’ll always be one (grade) that’s ‘just right’…

goldilocks tasting the three bowls of porridge

That makes sense to us. The idea that there’s a ‘just right’ for things.

Goldilocks didn’t know which bowl would work, she used trial and error to find out which one was just right for her breakfast.

She messed up everybody’s porridge, broke a chair and fell asleep in the process, all whilst engaged in bit of fairytale trespassing.


Thing is, in the non-fairytale world, it’s sometimes hard to tell which porridge is going to be ‘just right’ without having to do the test.


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