Fresh sawn structural timber has been a constant feature of the English architectural landscape, whether as single beams and lintels or full green oak frames.
Timber framed buildings are a beautiful, popular, economical sustainable and speedy method of construction for homes, garages, barns and garden buildings.
Fresh sawn (green) Oak, Chestnut and Douglas Fir structural timber sections for building timber frames are available as custom orders, cut to size to your dimensions for use as beams, posts, curves, crucks & bracing for traditional heavy timber frame building, for glulam or gridshell construction method.
Our Beam yard has stock of green Oak in standard (ish) sizes to satisfy short notice requirements. We try to keep a varied selection of sizes in the hope that we’ll have close to what you’ll need when you’re in a tight spot.
Every beam has been measured tagged and listed as per grade for you to select from.
If you’re not in a hurry for your green Oak then ordering your timber as a custom cutting list for us to is the easiest way to buy your beams. Just give us a list of components – Qty x Th x W x L – and that list will be cut to your specification and be delivered to our yard or to your site.
From time of order to collection from our yard from species to species as follows:
Oak: 7 – 10 working days
We bring a lorry of green Oak beams into the yard every Monday (usually) so we close the order list for that lorry on Wednesday mornings to give the sawmill time to cut the orders and load the lorry for Friday morning of the following week. If you’re unsure of your exact cutting list but you have an approximate idea of the volume of green oak you’ll need you are welcome to book that volume on a particular incoming lorry for a date that suits your build schedule, then you have until the Wednesday morning cut off point to submit your exact cutting list.
Douglas Fir: 10 -14 working days
Our Douglas Fir is usually cut very locally. Although it doesn’t travel very far it is usually milled by a two man team who fell, handle the logs, operate the portable bandsaw onsite in the forest and then hand load and transport the cladding in to our yard. It’s pretty onerous work and they love it, but they’re only human. We choose to source locally from well managed woodlands and support responsible foresters. We hope you’ll appreciate what they do, even if it take a few days longer. Your planet will love you for it.
Structural Chestnut can be supplied in the round from coppice sources, as well as regular cut sections, for the more recent revival in round timber framing for ecological building works. For more information on round timber framing see our case study 02 Lucy Wall Palmer working with Ben Law to build her family Ecohome.
We offer a TRADA certified Visual Strength Grading BS 5756 for Oak as an additional service. See the pdf below for more information.