This gnarly little Elm ‘lump’ is a slice taken off the round pre-milling so that the log can lay securely on the dogs (sawmill speak).
We call them cover boards.
We keep them aside and use them to cover the main boule once it’s been cut. That way we keep the whole log intact right through the drying process. Because they sit on the outside they usually get a beating from the weather. If they’re thin they don’t survive well. If they’re chunky like this little beast then they do brilliantly. (more…)
When you want an interlocking, rainscreen or moulded profile. When you want stable, seasoned timber. When you want longer lengths and a systematic, low maintenance installation, or when you just prefer the aesthetics.
That’s when you opt for air dried timber cladding over fresh sawn.