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It’s all about the wood…

Twitter has opened up a fantastic channel for English Woodlands Timber to engage with some our customers, prospective customers, suppliers and end users.

We know that this medium does not suit everyone but I wanted to share with you some of the stories we are tweeting. The challenge we have is getting the tone right. It is essential that this is not seen as a pure selling tool but as a way of delivering valuable information to our customers…

Our “Photos and Videos” TAB on Twitter is a great way of viewing our story in picture form…
 
We have posted a number of customer gems – here are some of my favourites;


Wicked Box Car’s American Black Walnut Table – View on Twitter


Tom Cunninghams’s Elm table with the resin infill – View on Twitter


This Sycamore Bike – my next treat!! (…..when I get taller) – View on Twitter


This Cedar of Lebanon Boule that has was cut last season and has now been kilned and sitting in the shed ………..not for long! – View on Twitter


We would welcome your comments about of TWITTER page and the quality of our tweets.

Please share your product photos with us and we will happily publish them to our 2,376+ followers.

Also, check out the English Woodlands Forestry Twitter Page – we only launched this last year and the Forestry team are already up to 725 followers…

As always, thanks so much for watching and until next time…  

From the gang at
English Woodlands Timber & Forestry

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.

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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!

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Air Dried Waney Edge Timber Packs

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Just like we did when the sawwil was first started up in the 1940’s, we still put together waney edge timber packs for the joinery & furniture industries.

The waney edge timber packs are usually made up of smaller width boards from smaller girth logs that don’t warrant being kept as boules.

They’re good news if you can make use of small widths for furniture making, architectural joinery or floor manufacture. The thicknesses and lengths are still as you’d expect to find for boules (and there are usually really good lengths in there flooring people!)

Typical species in packs would be Oak, Chestnut, Ash & Beech but you can also find some unusual species,  maybe a bit of cedar of Lebanon, maybe a bit of Scots Pine… have a look at the stocklist and find out what’s on offer today!

Each pack has unique content so specifications vary considerably, but if this is the just product you’ve been looking then we’ll source and cut just to suit your purposes.

All that square edge you buy starts out this way…   why not get to choose how much of the board to waste and how much to keep!

Certification:  Grown in Britain, FSC & PEFC

 


WHAT NEXT?

For more on timber Species & Grades download  Making the Grade

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A Scented Slice of Life

There’s really nothing like the feeling that what you do on a daily basis is worthwhile.

Last Thursday Terry Giltinan was generous enough to give us all that feeling by copying us in on this email he sent to the editor of British Woodworking magazine.

As Terry says, I spoke to him about the small piece of Cedar he needed for a drawer base (beautifully scented Cedar of Lebanon) and for that one little order Chris, Peter & Philip put their heads together to find the right piece of Cedar and to machine it to Terry’s requirements… and they did that in what amounted to minutes.

The part that took us the longest was the ‘R&D’ we had to do to discover the minimum planing capacity of the Wienig and/or the over and under planer!! 5mm is the answer.. which meant we could achieve Terry’s 6mm requirements which were crucial for a drawer base.

It’s rare we go down as thin as that in our heavy duty machine shop but now at least we know it’s possible… thank’s for your patience Terry!

Terry Giltinan's email

I guess this is what happens when you work with great people, they make your job easy, and together we all make it worthwhile. So “Thanks” you guys… please keep doing what you do!

And a BIG “Thank You” to Terry for making our week… it’s our pleasure.

Visit the website of the British Woodworking magazine.. backissues aplenty! http://www.britishwoodworking.com/

 

Kiln Dried Waney Edge Boards

 

Waney edge boards are our undeniable treasure trove. They’re the staple of our woodyard, the largest range of all the board stocks and the basis for nearly all of our timber products.

As professional as we try to be here at Cocking, we all go a little weak at the knees when it comes to the kiln dried waney edge boards (Through & Through sawn boards). The T&T boule is the traditional method of timber production, the conversion from the log as it has been for decades, if not centuries.

Our waney edge stocks are varied and extensive and they change every day. See our current stocks of  Ash, Beech, Cedar of Lebanon,  Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Maple, Oak, Plane,  Sycamore, Walnut

Whether you are a bespoke furniture maker, a specialist joiner, a kitchen maker or you just want a plank of raw wood for a table top, our waney edge boards stock is fabulous and will give your project the edge over a more standardised source of timber.

You will have the whole intact boards to work with, to get maximum use out of. With T&T boards you can utilise the  characteristics of the species that may otherwise have been discarded in the grading and selection process of pack timber.

We’re always very happy for our customers to come sightseeing, to look through the sheds and to select your own timber. We’re also more than happy to pick the timber to your specifications and to send it anywhere in the world that you would like.

Here in the yard we joke about the trials and tribulations of our work but one thing remains true and is worth remembering… there will never be another of the board you are looking now.

T&T boards are individuals, they are unique and will never be repeated. It makes sense for us to treasure them, so we can pass them on to you to create your treasures.

We’re happy for you to visit the woodyard to select your own boards and to get an idea of what you’ll find when you get here search our online stock to in the comfort of your own home or send us your  list requirements on the form below

If you have a questions, don’t hesitate to talk to us.

 

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WHAT NEXT?

See the Kiln Dried Waney Edge Board stock

Looking for something very special? See the Super Thick, Super Wide, Super Long or Super Wild stock

Read about timber grades & species in Making the Grade

See Boards by Species Ash, Beech, Cedar of Lebanon,  Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Maple, Oak, Plane,  Sycamore, Walnut

For a list of Joinery, Flooring, Cladding & Decking profiles visit our PROFILE LIBRARY

Download the PROFILE LIBRARY pdf

 

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Solid Wood Flooring

See our Solid Flooring Stock 

There are many solid Oak flooring options we can offer to order, but we also keep real honest-to-goodness stock of our most popular floor, the French Character Oak.

So once you’ve decided it’s the floor for you, there’s no waiting. No lead times. It’s yours for the taking!

We keep three widths – 150mm, 180mm, 200mm – which can be mixed together (which looks great in older properties) or used alone.

The flooring comes sealed in a pack of 1 to 1.5m2, with a mix of lengths within. Board lengths are between 1.5m to 2.4m with the majority at around 1.5 to 1.8m.

Boards are 21mm thick with tongue and groove on all 4 edges with a tiny (just 1 or 2mm) microbevel (some people call it a ‘v’ as in TGV) on the long edges.

The point of the microbevel is two-fold. The first utterly brilliant reason it that it means you don’t have to sand the floor once it’s fitted. Halleluja!.

The second reason is a really nice little visual trick. The microbevel creates a shadow which gives a nice directional ‘look’ to room and stops the floor looking so ‘monolithic’.

This floor can be fitted over joists, concrete, ply boards of existing floorboards.

Our French Oak Flooring is Certified PEFC

P.S. If you’re wondering what to do about finishes we keep good stocks of Osmo products and can order any that we don’t keep! We’re not floor-finsh experts but we do LOVE our Osmo. So user friendly, and there’s always a right product for whatever job you need to do. Browse Osmo in our webshop

*We can custom order our French Character Oak floor machined without the microbevel if you need, with a lead time of 2 – 6 weeks.

 


WHAT NEXT?

 

Read about timber grades & species in Making the Grade

See available stock Boards by Species Ash, Beech, Cedar of Lebanon,  Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Maple, Oak, Plane,  Sycamore, Walnut

For a list of Joinery, Flooring, Cladding & Decking profiles visit our PROFILE LIBRARY

Download the PROFILE LIBRARY pdf

 

Submit your cutting list or upload your documents in the space below for Chris, Grant & Nick to fettle with

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Species

Our Timbers

Here is where we pay homage to the tree, the timber and the knowledge passed down through decades from within the forestry & timber industry we’ve been a part of for so long.

We’re holding onto what we’ve learned and leaning more everyday about the different species of wood we work with.

Here is where we’ll share everything we know with you.

Come back soon and find out about Ash, Beech, Cedar of Lebanon,  Cherry, Chestnut, Douglas Fir, Elm, Larch, Lime, Maple, Oak, Plane, Poplar, Sycamore, Sapele, Southern Yellow Pine, Walnut, Western Red Cedar, Yew and more

If you just can’t wait to find out get in touch and ask us a question and we’ll get right back to you.

Strawberry Patches Forever

It might be raining today but I know that the sun was shining whilst I was otherwise occupied on the annual Farmer-tour-de-France because in just two weeks we have a whole new crop of wild strawberries.

And before anyone jumps to any conclusions (I know I’m going to get emails about this) I wasn’t just whiling away precious time in the pursuit of strawberries, I was actually looking for a beam.

It’s not easy looking for an air dried anything… beam or boule… around here when before you reach the stock you have to eat your way through a patch of little red berries…

I say ‘have’ to, I mean obviously that’s not strictly true, there are no rules about eating berries per se, but it’s either that or march them all the way across the yard and tread them back through the office… and that ain’t happ’nin’…  not with a brand new stain free Chestnut floor thank you very much.

So you see we ‘have’ to eat the strawberries…  it’s actually essential to the smooth running of the sawmill and to the service of our treasured customers who don’t want to stand up to their knees (just a bit of exaggeration there) in our strawberry patches whilst deciding between this Elm and that Cedar of Lebanon.

So it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it… and today that somebody is me!

Talking of tough jobs,  I thought that was very nice work on the air dried Oak curves guys…  I did notice you have tagged them all and  made a really nice bay of neatly sorted and stacked boards and I think they look wonderful.

Now, if we could just get some raspberries growing along the back there behind the Oak sleepers …

Has Jamie Oliver been eating my strawberries??!! http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/wild-strawberries-vanilla-cream

Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film of the same name. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050986/

This is what wikipedia thinks about our wild strawberries.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Strawberries

Come and pick your own  http://new.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk/contact_us.html before they’re all gone again..

Are you sure you’re in the right job?

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…)

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