When it comes to quality wood selection, we believe you know what you want.

And even when you think you don’t, you usually do when you see it.

That’s why we offer a select-your-own-timber option – so that you can view our stock in person, yourself.


Why select your own timber?

When your design or project depends on the quality and appearance of your timber, the only way to be certain you’re getting what you need is to pull the timber from a quality wood selection yourself.

We’re specialist timber suppliers – we get it.

It’s not about being fussy. It’s about being discerning. And being certain. Perhaps you need a specific grain pattern or you want to match a colour, or require purposeful positioning of knots or sap lines. It’s also about the feel in your hands.

In these cases, being able to choose your own wood is part of your making or building process.

It’s important to us we provide a precision timber choice.


How does self selection work?

When you opt to select your own timber, the process works best when you pre-select your boards or beams online in a Picking List. Send it through to us, and we’ll arrange a time to suit you for a visit or a video call. Then we’ll pull the list so you can select exactly what you need. You can either take it with you or get a delivery to the site where it’s required.

You’re welcome to bring a little spoke shave or scraper plane so you can get beyond the weathering. And we’ll make sure you have extra pairs of hands, a good floor space and some lifting kit.

You don’t need to stand on ceremony. Get that tape measure and notepad out and start selecting for your next project, out there in the woodyard or here online.


What if I don’t want to select myself?

As specialist timber suppliers, our wood selectors can pick your boards. It’s their oeuvre, their metier and their craft!

They just need a few things from you to be able to do their best work, for a completely tailored timber supply for your needs.

First a cutting list, with either the nominal dimensions or the finished dimensions you need to make. Plus the specifics of how the wood is going to be used. They want the grade, for aesthetics but also for mechanical properties.

Use is important to know. Different uses create different demands, even of the same species and grade. And then any other particular requirement you have, they’ll want to be aware of. They will factor everything into the boards they look at until they find exactly what fits your cutting list and project requirements.


Which timber can I select from?

The easy answer is: any of our quality wood selection – from boards to beams. Waney edge, square edge. Kiln dried or air dried. Fresh sawn or semi seasoned.

It’s as simple as going to the Stocklist and clicking ‘Add to Picking List’. Really. It’s all yours. You can take any of it away if you want to.

It’s also possible that you need something you can’t see online. Yup, it happens sometimes 🙂

A lot of our stock is not online yet. It’s stacked in-situ for long periods whilst it’s drying or seasoning. Other material might be in the kilns. Some of it is actually on a whole other site, so it’s not easy to conjure up without time and an HGV or two.

So if you know you need something you think we should have – but you just can’t see it – don’t be shy, call us. We’re all about providing bespoke timber solutions. We’re a tenacious bunch and we can usually hunt down whatever it is that you need.

Having our timber selectors pick your boards is a service we provide and you can rely on them to do a first-class job. But we also know that there’ll be times when you need to come down (or get on Zoom) and select timber for yourself.

We have a bespoke service for that 🙂

Can I take the timber away with me?

Of course. As long as your vehicle can take the weight and the length we’ll help you load. Please make sure to bring straps with you – and flags for protruding ends – so we can see you off safely.


What if I need the timber cut or machined?

We can cross-cut to length any wood you want to take away with a chainsaw, no problem (and no charge). If you need wood machined, that’s great. We can take your specifications (you can even talk to production if that would help) and your wood will go into production. The lead times vary slightly depending on what machining you need – have a look on the right and pick the machining service you’d like.

Can I get the timber delivered?

Of course you can. We can deliver anything you select to wherever you need it. Delivery is generally within 72 hours. Read all our delivery options here.

How quickly can I come to select?

For an in-person selection we require one day notice

Call or email us at least a day before you want to come and Nick or James will host you.

How does our select your own timber service work?

So how does our in-person timber selection work? To visit our Sussex woodyard to select timber in person takes us half a day to a day to set up. Wayne and Matt will need to have a ballpark idea of what you want to look at, and then they’ll clear a space, commandeer a lift truck, and pull the stacks down onto a decent floor space so they’ve got room to turn boards with you.
Bring a shave, scrape or mini plane if you like to use one, wear your steel toecaps. If you have your own hi-viz – that’s great – if not, we’ll kit you out.

For a remote selection – One day notice

Give us a call or email at least a day before you want to come and Nick or James will host you and steer the camera where you want it to go.

How does our remote selection work? To do a remote selection over Whatsapp, Teams or a platform of your choice this also takes us half a day to one day to set up. Whether it’s Nick or James hosting they’ll also need Wayne and Matt to have pulled what you want to see. When they have an idea of what you want to look at, they’ll clear a space, commandeer a lift truck and pull the stacks down onto a decent floor space. They will then be available to run boards for you to get a good view.

Ready to come and select your own timber?

As specialist timber suppliers, we’re here to offer our customers a broad and high-quality wood selection. To arrange to choose from our tailored timber supply, please contact us:

Call Nick and James on 01730 816941

Email the sales team on


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Book an appointment to select your own timber, either in-person or remotely

Here’s a video by Nick of some boards laid out for self-selection