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!

half boules because logs are so big

Our logs are carefully selected from well managed British woodlands, they are cut every autumn, winter and spring* by the best sawyer in the country (he really is!)

logs loaded on the log run super sawyer at the helm of teh stenner bandmill fresh cut waney edge boules

Then they’re sticked, measure, graded & stacked in boule from air dry in the open (for a year per inch!) until thoroughly seasoned. This is the complete log traditionally sawn ‘though & through’ so it contains crown boards (great for wide figure) and quarter sawn boards (straight grained and stable) in the same boule.

cedar of lebanon waney edge boule

What is a Boule anyway?

Well, ‘Making the Grade‘ says a boule is

“A stack of timber formed from a log that is sawn longitudincally by a series of successive parallel cuts with the resultant waney-edged pieces then assembled to re-create the original form of the log”

Hmm, they’re not wrong, but whilst that statememnt is quite true it really doesn’t capture the romance and soul of traditional sawmilling, boule sticking and artisan wood drying associated with producing our beautiful, flat, well seasoned, stable, unstressed boards of waney edge timber… but we’ll let them have that one anyway shall we?

Thank you ‘Making the Grade‘ for the definition.

What can your use them for?

Let’s see, because it’s seasoned and stored outdoors, air dried boule is appropriate to use for exterior joinery, decking, exterior furniture, cladding proejctes and sometimes even structural work.

After kilning to bring down the moisture contact to a level good for internal use the boules are perfect for furniture, kitchen making, cabinet making, interior joinery & flooring. With timber it’s all about what it’s going to be used for and selecting the appropriate timber for the job.

Hopefully we’ve got that covered!

Why use boule?

If quality and board stability are important to you, if selecting your own timber, matching grain and colour, having a wide range of available dimensions, utilising all of a board for economic use, knowing where your wood comes from, having stock on hand, supporting the british forestry & timber industry, knowing that your work is unique….

we could go on!

But if all these things are important to you, then boule may be the right source of timber for you and your next project.

What are ‘provenance’ & ‘certification’ ?

Our stocklist holds data about our timber. We have worked hard to record all the information we think will be useful.

We hold chain of custody certificates so that we can source and supply FSC and PEFC timber. We are also taking part in draft certification for the new Grown in Britain licensing for all British woodland owners, woodsfolk, sawmillers & wood users at all stages of the chain to be able to certify all well managed, homegrown timber. We’re very excited!

Part of the reason this is possible is that we always record the source of a log, even down to the individual forest compartment it grew in. Provenance is always available to our customers and we’re working to make that information available to everyone.

And the nitty gritty?

Species: Ash, Beech, Chestnut, Cedar of Lebanon, Elm, Lime, Oak, Plane, Sycamore, Sequoia, Socts Pine, Walnut, Yew and there’s always more! Click here to see what’s in boules stock today.

Sizes: Boules are usually cut in 20mm to 120mm thicknesses and widths go up to 100mm or more, lengths 6.2 or more. Click here to check the stock for more in depth detail.

Grades: Find out more about grades in Making the Grade, a great reference book for anyone interested in understaindgin grading of homegrown species. Download a copy from our website.

Prices: All our prices are on the website against the particular boule & reflecting it’s qualities (prices start at £22/ft3 (£777/m3) +VAT for stunning Ash) or click here to see our Price  List.

*but not summer, it’s a bit of a harsh environment (v.low humidity & lots of direct sunlight) to lay down newly sawn logs with saturated moisture content, the timber get’s put under staress, giving off moisture too fast… not our idea of quality seasoning for quality boule

More

Watch a little film showing Graham & Grant sticking boules – click here

Watch a littel film showing teh guys using the Joulin vacuum lift – click here

Posted on April 7th 2014 under air dried timber, english hardwoods, fresh sawn timber, furniture timber, Grown in Britain, joinery timber, kiln dried timber, round timber, woodland management, woodland products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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