Fresh sawn 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 beams, along with Chestnut and Douglas Fir timber sections for building timber frames, are available as custom orders, cut to size to your dimensions. These are used as beams, posts, curves, crucks and bracing for traditional heavy timber frame building, for glulam or gridshell construction methods.

Our yard has a stock of green Oak beams in standard(ish) sizes to satisfy short notice requirements. We try to keep fresh sawn timber in a variety 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 is the easiest way to buy your structural timber 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 delivered to our yard or your site.

Availability of Fresh Sawn Timber Beams

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. Unsure of your exact cutting list but 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. You then have until the Wednesday morning cut-off point to submit your exact cutting list.

Douglas Fir: 10 -14 working days

Our Douglas Fir timbers are 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 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 takes a few days longer. Our 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 Chestnut Pole Cottage – Lucy Wall Palmer working with Ben Law to build her family Ecohome.

Structural Timber Supplier Certification

We can provide chain of custody certification for Grown in Britain and PEFC.

If you require TRADA-certified Visual Strength Grading BS 5756 for structural Oak as an additional service please get in touch to discuss your requirements. See our pdf below for more information.

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See more on TRADA certified Visual Strength Grading for structural timber HERE

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View our Oak beams and posts