Growing up in and around the woodlands and woodyards of South East England we felt young illustrator Thomas WH Compton was well placed to turn his creative skills to our timber story.
Designed to illustrate the processes, skills and people involved in bringing beautiful wood to market, this print series was Thomas’s response to our brief and we’re really pleased with the results. The story of our British timber, from tree selection out in the forests to sawmilling, drying, cataloging and tagging each individual board so that British woodworkers can source great homegrown timber is told here in these super illustrations.
This role is as part of a small and growing team in our timber yard at Cocking Sawmills.
Our timber yard team takes care of our customers and our wood. Listening to customers and understanding their needs is a big part of the daily work. Here people skills and wood knowledge go hand in hand. (more…)
…not an instrument of torture but a playground for woodfans.
The Cocking Sawmills Timber Rack has been around forever (or at least 4 years!). Recently it’s taken on a life of it’s own, a sort of woodyard within a woodyard. In response to crowds of woodfans vying for elbow room in the overly stocked, single bay of racking… we’ve had a makeover. And not just any makeover. A proper makeover, with real thought and planning and everything!
Grown in Britain Week is an opportunity for us all to celebrate homegrown timber.
When we say celebrate we really mean it. We love our homegrown timbers. We know that they’re becoming more and more sought after by woodworkers and woodfans everywhere which makes us incredibly happy. We can’t help but think that this welcome change has been energised by the work of the team at Grown in Britain. (more…)
This week Tom took a trip up to Helmdon Sawmill to select our next batch of English logs for milling.
As usual he’s keeping us well stocked with large dimension Cedar of Lebanon logs to make boules of 20mm and 27mm waney edge for furniture making and interior cladding. There are no Tineola bisselliella on us…!
Next on the list is the sought after yet hard to come by English Walnut he’s been keeping for best.
He’s decided it’s time to commit so he’s putting it on the bandsaw but Tom says we’ll have to wait until we’re sticking it to find out what thickness it is. We all piped up with different suggestions based on wants and needs for different customers – not very helpful – but as Tom only has the two logs to mill this time we’re going to have see who gets their way… but perhaps it’ll be mixed thickness?! That would be clever…
After Walnut we get a nice big parcel of Pippy Oak from the Scottish borders. It grows beautifully up there in the cooler climes. Big straight logs with lots of good looking external burring indicating we could be in for some nice medium and perhaps a bit of heavy pip.
Tom will be watching this parcel closely… he loves to predict his pippy log outcomes. We’d all be happy if some of those logs we’re over 3m, nice, long pippy oak for kitchen joinery and table making to add to the mix for some furniture makers we know…