Big Cedar of Lebanon boule goes kiln-side

O, the weather this week’s been frightful, but the Cedar is delightful.

Since it’s been air drying for years , let it kiln, let it kiln, let it kiln…

We’re feeling jolly, can you tell?

Well, it’s been murky old January week here at Cocking Sawmills so by all accounts we should be down in the dumps. But no, not us! Instead we’ve been unloading and reloading the big kiln with Cedar.

Which is exactly the sort of thing that puts a smile on our faces.

Like this…!

Go on Graham… smile for the nice camera.

cocking sawmils graham and paul pack the kiln with cedar of lebanon boule for furniture making and interior joinery


Cedar of Lebanon for the Soul




Here you see before you a hand built wall of English Cedar of Lebanon and it was designed and specified by the clever people at TOAST.

They’re a soulful company who sell beautiful clothing and homeware, championing natural materials ( like our Cedar of Lebanon) and artisan works, handmade items and small production runs.

TOAST are renowned for bringing soul to the high street and we’re thrilled that they chose some of our locally grown Cedar of Lebanon for a shop interior project on the Kings Road.


Cedar of Lebanon

seach from a wide range of timber stocks

Walk through our air dried stockyard any day of the year and at some point you’ll pass through an incredible cloud of perfume – that’s how you know you’ve found the Cedar of Lebanon stock.

Cedar of Lebanon, light to medium brown heart with strong emanating scent. It has medium fine, straight grain but can be knotty with very large, striking integral knots.

It is a durable timber with medium moisture movement and a fairly low strength.

Cedar of lebanon can be difficult to machine and sometimes bark pockets can be troublesome. It can be painted and varnished well though. Glue, oil and polish are all ok but the high resin content prevents most treatments.

This timber has a unique perfume, grows to incredible dimensions & is a sought after by furniture makers for wardrobes & chests of drawers because the scent keeps cloth eating moths and insects at bay.

It’s also used as interior cladding and could even be used as external timber cladding as it is is southern Europe, partially favoured for that ability to repel insect attack.

This Cedar would do well in bathrooms or outdoor kitchens where the durability would be an advantage as well as the great dimensions of boards, perfect for one piece table tops and worktops.

We wouldn’t advise Cedar of Lebanon be used overtly in a bedroom or a kitchen. The perfume, whilst wonderful and useful could be overwhelming at night or around food preparation.

p.s. don’t confuse this Cedar with the other Cedar… Western Red… quite a diffferent proposition.

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Cedar of Lebanon

Western Red Cedar, the archetypal timber cladding

We know fresh sawn Western Red Cedar cladding comes high on the ‘wish list’ for lots of building projects.

When we ask our customers ‘why?’ we often hear the same thing… it’s ‘the one we know’.

It turns out ‘Cedar cladding’ has become ubiquitous as the alternative term for ‘timber cladding’ and so we thought we’d ponder that for a moment.

western red cedar featheredge cladding on Midhurst housing development


Western Red Cedar

seach from a wide range of timber stocks


The official word on Western Red Cedar

Rich red brown heartwood, pinky when fresh sawn, pales as it dries but an exterior finish will maintain colouring once surface is dry. Although difficult to treat due to Tannin content WRC is naturally durable, weathers well and silvers down over time.

Popular with architects and designers, WRC is not a heavy duty timber but is great for garden structures, furniture, fencing, decking and gates.



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Not the right Cedar? Try Cedar of Lebanon  the big wood with the big perfume!

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Western red cedar



The Timber Rack

The Timber Rack is our wood shop, our retail space, our self-service customer facility.

It’s not the stockshed with it’s blue racked aisles piled high. Nor is it the woodyard stacked with boule upon boule and beam upon beam. But it’s got something.

It’s got browse-ability. It’s got take-away-ness. It’s got shop ’til you drop and impulse-buy-it-now written all over it. We cherish it for it’s element of surprise and delicious unpredictability. Just like life – or a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.

the timber rack retail space wood shop


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it's not all short boards in the timber rack waney edge bays it's mixed thickness mixed lengths and mixed species in the timber rack cedar of lebanon showing it's true colours in the timber rack timber rack at cocking sawmills woodshed this is just showing off we know but just look at that cedar of lebanon in the timber rack these are some super chunky bits of Oak waney edge in the timber rack these are some lovely bits of Ash waney edge in the timber rack there's non stop oak in the timber rack when you see cedar of lebanon in the the rack like this it's hard not to want to take it home timber rack sycamore perfect workstop desktop stuff timber rack suare edge species and prices timber rack oak bay with pippy and character oak timber rack english cedar for furniture making the timber rack rammed to the gunwhales ready for the 50% off sale in January 2020 the timber rack rammed to the gunwhales ready for the 50% off sale in January 2020 the timber rack rammed to the gunwhales ready for the 50% off sale Elm waey edge wild waney edge english yew crown board with curved edges, deep colouring and big grain in the timber rack yew and oak waney edge boards sit next to each other in the woodyard timber rack natural edge boards lined up in the timber rack for the september half price wood sale square edge wood in the timber rack debarked edges of natural edge cedar of lebanon and sycamore in the rack ready for the timber sale pippy oak waney edge sitting in the timber rack beautiful wild english pippy oak natural edge and smooth big grained ash in the timber rack ready for 50% off sale square edge oak chestnut ash and walnut in the timber rack square edge boards all named and priced in the hardwood timber rack square edge boards all named and priced in the hardwood timber rack 

Our People: Graham Oliver

An archetypal outdoors-man with the greenest fingers on the block.

Graham has been part of our English Woodlands Timber team for going on 17 years.

He joined us in 2003 after a successful career in farming. How successful you ask? Well, in 2002 he was awarded the DEFRA Cup for producing the best marrowfat peas in the UK! (more…)

Customer Spotlight: R W Armstrong

Meet R W Armstrong…

For 60 years, R W Armstrong has provided high quality building services for Hampshire and most of the South of England.

With a foundation of expertise in traditional craftsmanship, the company has built a sterling reputation for high class refurbishments and renovations – the go-to building experts for country homes, period town houses and listed properties. They also construct bespoke homes for private clients, in both contemporary and traditional style.

r w armstrong heritage buildings


WYSIWYG Hardwood Hit-The-Road-Jack Rack Sale

We did it in September and it was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Yes woodfans & woodfolks, we’re having another 50% Off Sale in the Timber Rack!

the hardwood timber rack rammed to the gunwhales ready for the 50% off sale in January in english wodlands timber woodyard

On Saturday the 25th January our woodshed doors will be open from 10am to 2pm to let you at the cream of the english hardwood crop.


Then for the rest of the week… from the Monday 27th to Friday 31st of January… you can come and go as you please during normal woodyard hours ( 8am-4pm) and everything in The Rack will stay 50% Off, just for you.

We’ve spent that last couple of weeks loading up the 3 big timber racks and the back wall behind them with british hardwoods such as our deliciously figured Elm, silken grained Ash, rich golden Chestnut, piles of grand old Quercus Robur* not to mention as many bits of Yew, Cedar of Lebanon, Walnut and Beech we could fit in the spaces in between. There are long boards, short boards. Natural-edge boards and square edge cut to size bits. Biscuit thin slivers and unwieldy lumps and they’re ALL 50% off the marked up prices.

It’s quite possible you won’t know where to start when you get here but you’ll probably get over that once you’ve got some competition lining up beside you. If you do get overwhelmed / overwraught / thoroughly flummoxed worry not, we promise we’ll sit you down and feed you coffee and biscuits until the caffeine and sugar get you properly un-flummoxed and back on track. (more…)

More WYSIWYG (a Timber Rack Sale)

natural edge boards lined up in the timber rack

It’s a rack rummager’s dream come true… a HALF PRICE timber sale!

Yes woodfans & woodfolks, we’re having our first timber rack sale in ages and it’s going to be a beauty. For one week, from Saturday 7th September to Friday 13th of September everything in The Rack will be 50% OFF!

For one week The Rack is going to be the star of the show.

We’re going to load it up with rows and rows of luscious homegrown timber, maybe a smattering of european hardwood and a right old mixture of square-edge-anything-goes type stuff. (more…)

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