You’ve seen the footprints in the snow… you’ve heard the howl in the halflight… for those of you who have wondered if David and Paul, our Foresters, were real, these visions in amongst the Rhodododendron are they!
Our work is to produce beautiful timber. It’s the kind of work that hasn’t changed in over 30 years… and the same can probably be said for our methods but that is a good thing!
We’re all working with a knowledge that has been passed down through the company since the sawmill was started on this site in the 1940’s (wanna see some pictures? … give me a few days… I know I put them somewhere round here) .
So I thought it might be interesting to try to capture some of the ‘how’ of what we do.
The guys seemed quite into that, so one day Graham and Grant went to work with a camera and this is what they gave me.
How we put a log into ‘stick’
I think it’s a nice place to start because it’s the near beginning of life-in-the-yard if you’re a piece of wood… ready?
Hang on it’s a roller coaster ride!
So, the log Graham and Grant are working on here is a 46mm thick (will be 41mm stock), prime Oak cut through & through (T&T). It’s one of a mixed parcel of Sweet Chestnut, Oak & Pippy Oak that were cut in the first week of January this year.
First of all the freshly cut, tightly banded log gets retrieved from the yard and brought to a good flat working space with the loadall. The back of Peter’s kiln dried shed is a favourite spot… out of the weather and within earshot of Cliff and the Shadows ! (more…)
Christine Layton was slightly reluctant to show me photo’s of her work (because she is a very humble and modest person) but I have taken advantage of her sweet nature to raid her portfolio to show them off anyway…
This lady makes fine furniture. She works on commissions only but don’t let that very formal term put you off… it just means she doesn’t sell her furniture in shops. (more…)
When I have a spare minute I like to go out in the air dried yard and wander among the log stacks…
…not only because I love to get wafts of Cedar of Lebanon perfume on the breeze and not only because there is so much incredible nature to see in our yard (we have amazing birdlife.. and hares!!) but also because I love to see the sawn logs all stacked up, drying. (more…)