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Unit 3, Whitebridge Industrial Estate, Semley, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9JT
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
THEWood Awards – the ceremony is in November but the shortlist is announced at Timber Expo
Our stock made up of over 500 green, semi-seasoned & seasoned stock beams available for selection from our yard or online. Sections from 100 x 100mm’s to 350 x 350mm’s in regular & irregular sizes and in lengths from 1.0 to 7.0m standard and longer, including 75, 150 & 200mm thick waney edge curves for bracing.
Most of structural beam Oak is milled in France by our partner sawmills from French PEFC logs, to our specification. The semi-seasoned & seasoned stock is srouced from the same mills, who lay down stock year on year for French customers (who will only use air dried!) which means that beyond our own stock, we have a vast structural timber resource to draw from. our curve stock is 75, 150 & 200mm waney edge naturally grown in fresh sawn and seasoned.
Our structural Oak stocks are graded on request to TH2 (strength class D18) and TH1 (D24) for small sections* or THB (D24) and THA (D30) for large* sections which are standard structural grades that cover service class 2&3 (TRADA WIS 1-17). We have two qualified graders on hand to grade timber if required. If you’re unsure about grading, call us to speak to a grader on 01730 816941.
*Small = section area smaller than 20,000mm2 & thickness less that 100mm (Grades TH1 & TH2 apply) with the minimum for grading being an area 2000mm2 and thickness 20mm. Large = section area larger than 20,000mm2 & thickness of 100mm or more (Grades THA & THB apply)
PRICE & SELECTION
Every piece of structural timber has been measured, tagged and listed on our stock system with dimensions, grade and price £/m3. This means you can select beams online without ever having to leave the comfort of your desk, your workshop or cosy van.
Use the picking list on the stock search tool (the +signs on the right) to make your choices, and then let Graham do all the hard work (good old Graham!) whilst you get on with something more pressing instead.
We’ll call as soon as your beams are ready to collect or we’ll arrange delivery to site, it’s up to you.
If it’s in stock, our structural Oak is cut to order based on specific requirements and delivered on a weekly basis. We work closely with our partner sawmills to achieve the highest quality timber. this means that if we don’t have what you need in stock, you won’t be twiddling yout thumbs for long! Your order will be ready to be collected or delivered the following week**
**Notwithstanding ferry strikes, blizzards, flu epidemics & the ever plentiful French Bank holiday ( & a couple of our own thrown in for good measure) our haulier is pretty good at getting your timber to us quick-sharpish on a Monday morning (thanks Alain, Sandrine & Tomasz!)
SO WHAT NOW?
Need a quote? No problem… send us your cutting list and we’ll get back to you pronto with price and availability. If you’re just pricing, that’s fine. We’ll leave your quotes on file and we’ll call you in a month to check the project’s still live. You can come back to it anytime, and when you do need to order we’ll be bringing in a lorry every Monday morning** so as long as you’ve placed your order before the previous Wednesday pm we can usually squeeze you in!
Failing that you could call us on 01730 816941 or just turn up at the yard to select your own beams from the yard with Graham & JCB at your beck and to do the heavy lifting… that’s surely an offer no one resist!