Wood Knowledge: Hand Riven Sweet Chestnut Laths

MD Tom Compton introduces a very special product; the riven chestnut lath

Hand riven from split sweet chestnut rounds the laths are made out in the woods under tarp, usually by the extremely hardy and highly skilled woodland workers managing the coppiced woodlands.

The hand riven laths are tradition woodland products, primarily used for traditional lime plastering of ceilings and walls in the restoration of period and heritage properties (although there’s nothing to stop them being used in a new build!).

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All About: Selecting Timber By Video

Make a Timber Picking List & Select Your Boards By Video


The process of selecting timber is traditionally a hands-on experience, but with the country still reeling from the impact of Covid-19 we’ve sought new ways to supply timber. We’ve made adjustments to the way we work to help you keep you working and hopefully, to keep thriving.

Being confined to the workshop no longer means you can’t select timber by hand.

We can select, machine and deliver timber based on your cutting list as always,  but if that doesn’t suit you here’s how you can make a timber picking list without setting foot in the woodyard…

nick lewis on a timber selection video call with a customer viewing boards from a timber picking list

Discover how we helped Amy find the perfect timber for a garden room project:


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