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Burr Oak – Tree to board to….tree?!

Burr Oak always offers an abundance of extravagant swirls and cats paw clusters of small pin knots. Our latest batch of Burr Oak has an even more unique feature… They look like a tree! When the doors of our most recent kiln opened we uncovered an abundance of Pippy Oak Boules. Below is our favourite boards from the kiln!

Burr Oak

These striking boards of English Oak feature clusters of heavy pip which have dramatically altered the shape and profile of the wood. The unique outline of the boards here evoke the tall silhouettes of a group of Cypress trees, trees within trees.

Burr Oak

A full boule of Burr Oak


We have even given one of these boards the Hillgrove Timber treatment, here is a sneak peak straight from our new planer/ sander!!

Talk about Tannin


OR How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tannin.


There aren’t many certainties in this life but the presence of Tannin in Oak and Chestnut is definitely one of them.

Both of these popular timber species have high levels of Tannic acid (it’s actually Quertannic acid but let’s call it Tannin for short). In fact, most tree and plant species contain tannin in varying levels and strengths. We’re mostly concerned with Oak and Chestnut because these two beloved timber species have high levels of tannin and we use them for just about everything. (more…)

TTJ Feature: Oak Passion

TTJ Timber Trades Journal  May 2018 feature by Stepehn Powney

English Woodlands has carved out a reputation as a passionate hardwood timber merchant on a growth trajectory. Stephen Powney visited its Cocking site

TTJ Markets Website

English Woodlands director Ian McNally says the hardwood business should be much akin to selling quality wine.

Meeting him at the company’s site in Cocking, deep in the Sussex countryside, he says a quality bottle of wine could cost a buyer £230.

To pay that, he added, you’d want to know a lot of information about the product, where it came from and that it had been properly stored and looked after.

“Why do we not do the same thing for a piece of wood at the same price?” he added.



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