Fresh Produce

For once I saw it, out of the corner of my eye.

Brian Harman's round timber lorryThe red flash of Brian Harman’s round timber lorry as it lunged past the  office and round the back to the air dried yard.

I can’t tell you how many times I have not noticed the bright flaming red, 20m long,  5m high, 40 tonne hunk of  timber carrying metal as it comes and goes like the will-o-the-wisp, in and out of our yard with it’s round timber loads.

Obviously I must be diligently concentrating  on something of huge importance at the time.

This time I caught it though (thought he could get by me did he?) so I scooped up the magic machine (for picture taking don’tcha know) and scrambled round in time to watch Brian offload.


The story of the Boules

Our sticking team is busy in the yard putting together some gorgeous fresh sawn T&T boules, all sourced from sustainable managed British woodlands.

logs waiting to be cut fresh cut waney edge boules ashboules to be sticked

We’ve got air dried Oak, Elm (both pippy!) Chestnut, Ash, Cedar of Lebanon, Scots Pine, Wellingtonia, & Yew with Sycamore, Plane & Beech jumping th e queue straight to the kiln & into Peter’s shed ready for use. They’re a cabinetmaker’s dream!


Heal’s unplugged & the talented Mr Cox

Friday is  probably my favourite day of the week. I try to celebrate it inhouse with cake of some description, but last Friday cake was not to be.

Instead, I got a special pass to leave the South Downs behind me and travel cross country to Kent to go coppicing.

I’ve had offers to go coppicing before believe it or not, and I’ve forfeited these generous invites in favour of a hard day’s graft infront of a backlit screen. Well this time the invite was to spend the day unplugged amongst fellow desk dwellers so I said ‘Yes’ for once.

The occasion was a Heal’s initiated escape to the woods

Heal's building Tottenham Court Road

with Victoria, Cameron and the team behind Discover: The Modern Craft Market (a temporary craft market for designer-makers at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store) and host for the day was one of Heal’s very own designer-makers, the talented Mr Sebastian Cox.

Seb cox furniture

A furniture maker who combines a design & fine furniture training with hands on experience of coppice & woodland work producing pieces in a very particular, very refined flavour of ‘sustainable’.


The Great Pancake Day TIMBER SALE!!!


Here it is Folks… and all is revealed!

You’re looking at the TIMBER SALE PRICE LIST as it stands today (we’re not promising we won’t add more stock between now and Pancake Day!) all ready to go for

Tuesday 4th March at 9am, running until Friday 7th March at 4.30pm.

So you can get the pricelist as a PDF  and keep it on your desktop or you can browse it here in bite size chunks and then cross check it with Timber Sale stock and make yourself a nice, long picking list (+ signs) to bring Peter when you come for Pancakes‘n’Coffee!!  (Peter won’t read this so I’m safe)

Let’s start with a mix of ye olde English stock… the waney edge of waney edges.


Now, don’t tell me you’re not getting excited? Lime at £11.03/ft3!

Next is English Oak. It comes in it’s own section because there’s always SO much of it…


80mm!!!!! Seriously? Get in line people…

Now for something a little on the exotic side for all you wild adventurous types

TIMBER SALE The exotic

It’s not alot. But it’s there…

P.S. We’ve got panels too by the way (see pics below) but they’ve not been listed yet

Ok. Oooh la la!! Here’s a little Francais, Deutsche & Hrvatska for you Europhiles

TIMBER SALE The EU species

I feel sorry for the unsorted softwood stock, it doesn’t even make it to double figures!!

Watch out, here come the Americans!

TIMBER SALE The Americans

How, you might well ask, does Oak end up at £8.50/ft3???  You can’t afford not to really can you…

So there it is…

it’s all yours, sitting there ready to be loaded into your van whilst you sit and enjoy a delicious pancake and a nice hot fresh coffee for breakfast (or lunch, or tea).

But that is not all.. not by a long chalk.

Tom is keen to  squaeeze as many bargains as possible into this 4 day Sale so he was out in the yard yesterday knocking big chunks off prices of really nice stock.

Standby Ash fans…

PROMOTIONS everything

Ok woodfans. That’s all for now…

but if you have any questions call 01730 816941 or email or use our enquiry form and we’ll try and help as soon as we can.

Don’t forget you can download the whole price list here and keep it to drool over!

See you on Pancake Day!

Thanks for listening, Sarah


Less than two weeks to go now and Peter’s Shed is really taking shape. Sorting stock for the sale has really inspired Tom & Peter to pull out some nice stock.

the new rack will be fille Englsh oak 3inch and the Croatian square edge next to it English Oak 3inch Tom says these boards are in  the english walnut will ll be present and correct  lovely waney edge thick oak boards Packs of waney edge and square edge all for the sale Walnut waney edge boards the leaning tower of panels the walnut stack looks tidy

Not too shabby huh?

And remember your pancakes & coffee on Timber Sale day…

the french revolution in pancake form parklife coffee extravaganza

It’s going to be pancakes for breakfast, lunch and tea!


The PANCAKE DAY TIMBER SALE is inching closer and we’re scurrying around the yard, gathering together all the timber goodies we can get our mitts on especially for your delight and pleasure.

So I’m sitting here after everyone’s gone home and I have the Timber Sale Stock Book on my desk… naughty me huh??!!

And I thought I’d share a few of these SHOCK -ingly stupid prices the guys are intending to surprise you with on the Pancake Day…  because I didn’t hear anyone tell me not to 😉


So far (and don’t tell anyone I told you this)…

so far, I can see Maple ( I know I already told you that one before, but I have more info) It’s the No.2 colour Maple & the big hint is  ‘think 5 0 per cent’ (!!!)

I am not even kidding.

Next, Sycamore (Maple related.. why not mix them??) selected into packs at £500/m3 (£14.16/ft3 to you imperialists). I thought that was wrong when I looked it up just now, but it is   the absolute TRUTH!! There are boards too but I don’t have a price on them yet. Doesn’t take a genius to work out they might be similar though…

Anyway. Let us continue.

A few pages on and it looks like we’ve got French character grade waney edge Oak at … well… if I say it’s the same as some of our Fresh Sawn Structural Oak and it’s cheaper than the Air Dried Structural Oak you’ll get the picture. There’s tonnes of it too. I’m just reading down the list… 54mm, 45mm, 41mm, 34mm, more 54mm, more 34mm and then…

Well looky here!

We have Parana PIne! You didn’t know we did that did you?? No. That’s because we don’t usually, and we won’t do again after you’ve bought this little lot at some ridiculous bargain price that I don’t even know because Tom hasn’t done that sheet yet. Sorry. But it’s there, nonetheless. Being Piney.

Speaking of which. Softwood. Unsorted. You know the stuff. I have no idea about the price but that stuff is horrendously cheap in the first place so goodness what’ll be once Tom’s decided it’s going. Bound to be a bargain. And actually, I used it for loads of stuff at home and it’s perfectly nice.

Ok, next page and we have… American Ash. Yup. That’s not usual English Woodlands Timber fayre either so that’ll have a bargain bucket price on it. Just 6 boards at 41 x 200 x 2.3m. Nice table top!

Where are we now then?

Hhmm. More American. Red & White Oak. It’s not alot, 6 pc’s of this, 20 pc’s of that. Pretty much all 2.4’s  or 3.2’s and in 26, 34, 41& 50mm thick. Still, a decent little selection and probably worth having in the store cupboard if you use American Oak.

These two are in the same vein too, Meranti & Iroko. I don’t want to mean here people but please, come and take them away. It’s a few pieces, like the American Oak (but longer!) and we won’t want to keep them after the sale day so you’re onto a winner here. Mind you, I can’t see a price yet but this is not the stuff we want to be hugging and caressing for the next however long. Please take it away and leave us to our English waney edge lovelies. PLEASE!!

So just incase you’ve been mesmerised by the bargains and have forgotten what all the fuss is about… we’re talking about the PANCAKE DAY TIMBER SALE!!!

WHERE? Our place of course!

WHEN? Shrove Tuesday (that’s Pancake Day to us heathens) which is March 4th this year.

WHAT? Wood, silly…

Back soon with more sneaky sale updates.

Night night people. Wishing you sweet, wood-filled dreams!

Your faithful woodblogger, Sarah

P.S. I’ll be back with pictures any day so don’t you go anywhere…


The Great PANCAKE DAY TIMBER SALE is officially  ON!!!!

So woodfans, the cat is finally out of the bag.

We’ve booked the Pancakes (yum!)

french revolution crepes NutellaCrepe

And we’ve booked the Coffee (caffeinated yum!)

parklife coffee for pancake day timber sale

And we’ve even booked the Maple* (the wood not the syrup)

the maple

Now you definitely want to come don’t you?!?


Well folks, that’s just the beginning.

Stay tuned for more from the PANCAKE DAY TIMBER SALE list of goodies‘.

What’s that you say? Maple’s not your flavour?

Ok, then, what would you, seasoned connoisseur of all things wood and good, like to take home on your roofracks after a hard day of  sugar fuelled wood shopping at the Pancake Day Timber Sale, hhmmm?

Go on, heckle us, you know you want to…

01730 816941

Talk to you soon!

From Sarah & the  slightly peckish English Woodlands Timber gang

* So, I happen to know that we have No.2 colour Maple (N.American) in the sale, and I mean really in the sale! And I heard the words Norway Maple (homegrown)  too as a little accompaniement to the main course Mapleif  Maple’s your flavour be here on the 4th of March!!



Did we mention Maple and Norway Maple?

What wikipedia says about Shrove Tuesday

Perfect pancake the BBC way

Nigella’s american pancakes (we can personally vouch for these)

A history of pancake racing in Olney, where ever that is

Got a question? We’re only a call away on 01730 816941 or  email us on

Thanks for listening lumber lovers

The Wood Awards: get inspired then get to work


04.BishopEdwardKingChapel  05-BishopEdwardKingChapel-we_612 wood awards 2013

Presenting the exquisitely beautiful  glulam structure of Bishop Edward King Chapel,Ripon College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects with structural engineers  Price & Myers and main contractor/builder Beard and joinery company D Smith Joinery Ltd. The timber was  European oak and American ash for fitted furniture and internal doors, with spruce glue laminated timber supplied by Cowley Timberwork, Lincolnshire.

This building isn’t about traditional timber structures as we know them.

It’s an approach to structure that utilises innovative engineered timber products and CAD design capabilites (something that has had far more influence over the way buildings can look and the way they can be built than any individual architect or engineer ever has). The collective work that brought about this building is incredibly inspiring.

I have to rein myself in at this point…  but you know wood right?

Well  look at what these guys did with it. It’s pretty special isn’t it?


A month ago I was invited by the lovely  Wood Awards people to Carpenters Hall (my first ever visit to the home of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters) to be there when they annouced this years winners and gave out the prizes… you know.. the actual  Wood Awards ceremony, celebrating the pinnacle of designing and working with wood… our favourite subject!

I was hardly going to say ‘No’ now was I?

So I went. On the train (less said about that the better).

As I arrived at the front door of  No.1 Throgmorton Avenue I found a little A4 printed sign inside a plastic sleeve for weatherproofing (excellent use of a plastic sleeve) that told me to go wait  outside the side door.

As it turned out, that was no bad thing.

the entrance to carpenter's hall

The real Throgmorton Avenue is quite grand, full of that giant Nash style architecture that regency London was so fond of. And the doors! This avenue must have the most enormous doors in London (with the possible exception of Drury Lane).

Throgmorton Avenue, home of carpenters hall has big doors

The reading of plaques and the studying of this stained glass window (which I didn’t manage to find from the inside) kept me and the other gathering woodfans occupied for the duration of our wait, which in all honesty, I really didn’t mind. I was too busy savouring the occasion and wondering if we’d eventually be ushered in through creaking doors by liveried lurchlike footmen or something.

stained glass at carpenters hall

Once inside, it was a little hard to concetrate on meeting and greeting friends, old and new, because as many of you can attest, I just can’t concentrate when there’s wood around.  It was wall to wood and I should have anticipated this (schoolgirl error). It took me a few minutes to regain my composure but then of course I was off…  it was a license to talk wood.. so I did!! Which is one of the nice things about going to a wood-centric event, for once I wasn’t the biggest woodgeek at the party.

the wood awards 2013 get underway

Once the ceremony was underway however we all shut up pretty sharpish.

I can’t overstate how excited I was to be there and to watch the evening unfold. You have to admire all of the designers and architects and structural engineers and furniture makers who go out on a limb  to enter themselves into one of the award categories , prepared to be judged on what they do & how they do it, constantly being  compared to their peers . You have to be a bit brave to do it surely? To take the risk you’re not going to win, or even make the shortlist. That’s some serious belief and confidence don’t you reckon? (But that’s gonna be you next year right?)

So those in the audience who made it to the shortlist were  holding their breath and crossing their fingers until their knuckles went white whilst the annoucements were made for each category.


And the list went tlike this…


Shortlisted:  The Colyer-Fergusson Building (Tim Ronalds Architects) Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building (LDN Architects) Festival House – ‘Tower of Love’ (dRMM Architects) Mary Rose Museum (Wilkinson Eyre Architects)

Winner:  The Colyer-Fergusson Building 

colyer fergusson building

& Highly Commended: Festival House ‘The Tower of Love’



Shortlisted:  The Dune House (Mole Architects)  Church Walk (David Mikhail Architects) Crowbrook (Knox Bhavan Architects) Rigg Beck (Knox Bhavan Architects) Trewarren (John Pardey Architects)

Winner: Church Walk

church walk

& Highly Commended: Trewarren



Shortlist:  Abraham Darby Sports and Learning Community (BDP) Bishop Edward King Chapel (Niall McLaughlin Architects) The Living Link (Smith and Wallwork) Future Affordable (David Blaikie)

Winner:  Bishop Edward King Chapel

bishop edward king chapel



Shorlist:  Bells Farm (Nick Joyce Architects) The RSA – The Royal Society of Arts (Matthew Lloyd Architects) Magheralin Parish Church (Waddington-McClure Architects)

Winner: Magheralin Parish Church

magheralin parish church



Shortlist:  The Exbury Egg (PAD Studio) Expandable Surface System (Architectural Association) Alex Monroe Studio, Snowfields (DSDHA) RoominaRoom (Atmos Studio)

Winner: RoominaRoom

room in a room atmosstudtio

Highly Commended: Alex Monroe Studio, Snowsfields



Shortlist:  Holland park Chair (Ercol Furniture) Joyce Cabinet (Pinch Design) Clyde Side Table (Pinch Design) HAN by Mark Gabbertas for Lyndon (Gabbertas Studio) Theo Chair (Pengellydesign) The Storyboard (Otter Surfboards) Otter x The National Trust (Otter Surfboards)

Winner: Theo Chair

theo chair by simon pengelly

& Highly Commended: The Storyboard Highly Commended:  Otter X The National Trust



Shorlist: Ripples (EJ Bespoke Furniture)  Nimm Rae (Chaircreative) Tay Bench (Angus Ross Ltd) Worldscape (Atmos Studio)

Winner: Ripples



Then there was a little suprise as Mr Sutcliffe announced a JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD for AtmosStudio’s Worldscape and quite rightly so.

worldscape by atmosstudio

This project is a departure from so many conventional ideas of furniture, woodworking, landscaping, exhibition installation… so sit on it yourself and you’ll see what I mean! P.S. take a picnic…


And now.. drumroll please..  last but not at all the least…

The very super special and lifechangingly meaningful GOLD AWARD went to Niall Mclaughlin’s Bishop Edward King Chapel .

nial mclaughlin architects get gold and structural at wood awards

What more can I say?

So there it was. Done.

Now what are you all going to do? I know, they’re hard acts to follow but… but… you knew there would be a ‘but’ didn’t you??!!

Here’s the thing…

Competition is good.

The Wood Awards is a competition that any of you woodworking geniuses can and should be entering with your best projects.

Competition is good if it means you steel yourself to push a design through, work even harder or longer or smarter when you really aren’t sure you have it in you but you try anyway. It stretches you and gives you deadlines and helps ideas become reality and encourages you to do your best work because it provides  the reason.

wood awards supplement for TTJ & RIBA journal

Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a reason.

Well this one is yours. And in 2014, 0r 2015 or whenever the moment is for you… your best work could be featured in every design publication in the world, and your name could be the name on everybody’s lips. It’s not about fame… but it is about credibility and exposure and profile. I don’t want to say it but it’s effectively X-factor for the unknown designer/maker. You don’t want to admit it but you know you know who JLS are… and they didn’t even win x-factor!

See what I mean? You could be be the JLS of the wood world.

You want this, don’t you?! (said in the voice of the emperor from Star Wars)

So what next?

Click all those links above. Browse through all these projects. Get inspired…  and then for goodness sake get to work!

The 2013 awards had 314 entries. That seems like alot but I know it’s not.  We have more than 314 customers in one month  that have what it takes to enter next years wood awards, let alone one year. We know you’re out there!

If you get stuck just get in touch!

We’ll gladly talk you  into entering!

P.S. I have to give credit to Carpenters hall at this point who really spoiled us,  providing really great canapes and the fastest refills in the west … Thanks Company of Carpenters, you were wonderful hosts!


THE Wood Awards – the ceremony is in November but the shortlist is announced at Timber Expo

Wood Awards Sponsors

Enter the Wood Awards – the entries are normally open mid March time at Ecobuild and close around June.


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