British Hardwoods Blog

  • One Big Oak Log from Kendal

    You could not choose a better day for a trip out to Kendal, situated within the beautiful area of the Lake District. Yesterday, Tony and Jason paid a visit to a local who had an oak log that needed to be shifted. They turned up in the morning, armed with the an axe, chainsaw and the British Hardwoods truck ready for job.

    The log measures at 4 metres long by 1.2 metres wide (at its' widest part). It took a bit of work to try and plank the log meticulously to 4" thick, with the chainsaw having its' own mind during the task at one point sawing from 4" to about 6" thick - but we will be re-milling one of the planks to ensure it's down to 4" thick.

    They finished with 5 solid planks, that will be air dried for at least a year within the British Hardwoods factory and then finished off in the kiln. The planks look impressive, very stately-like, solid and clean.

    Tony ready to axe an oak log Tony armed and ready with his axe, hat and sunglasses

    Jason ready to chainsaw the oak log Jason with no axe, hat or sunglasses

    Tractor assisting with the lift of the oak planks into the truck Tractor assisting with the lift of the oak planks into the truck

    Jason re-fueling the chainsaw Jason re-fueling the chainsaw

    Oak log planks at 4" thick Oak log planks now at British Hardwoods

    If you are interested in the planks, contact our friendly and helpful Sales Team who will be happy to help with your query.

  • Handcrafted Wych Elm Tabletop

    If you follow us on our social media channels you will recall a post we made about our MD, Tony Fillingham, showcasing a bespoke tabletop project. The project has recently completed and we couldn't contain our excitement in sharing the photos of the finished product before the customer came to collect it.

    To give our new readers some background into the provenance and timber used, we acquired a Wych Elm log from Banff in Scotland. The log was sawn into 4" slabs and kiln-dried onsite. The log produced impressive slabs and one in particular stood out perfectly for the project. The board was sanded down to 2.5" thick and stretched to 30" wide, 7ft long and pre-finished with Osmo Hardwax Oil in Satin Clear. The tabletop was mounted onto a custom made ultra clear perspex legs at 30mm thick and polished edges.

    So, we will now let the photos speak for themselves.

    Wych Elm tabletop before oiling

    Wych Elm tabletop close up

    Tony next to his creation of the Wych Elm tabletop

    Tony giving a final buff to the Wych Elm tabletop

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop in customer's dining room

    If you're interested to know more about this project or have something similar in mind, feel free to visit us or contact our very helpful Sales Team at sales@britishhardwoods.co.uk.

  • New Batch of Timber Ready from the Kiln

    We are all so very excited with the recent opening of our 44ft kiln that has carefully dried out our locally sourced hardwood timbers since 3rd March. The load consists of Oak, Lime, Yew, Elm and one that we're all keen to see, Burr Horse Chestnut (also known as the 'Conker'). There are boards, round slices, beams and planks to choose from, all with a moisture content between 8-10%.

    Native hardwood timber being extracted from the kiln Native hardwood timber being extracted from the kiln

    Kiln-dried round slices, beams, boards and planks of Oak, Elm, Lime, Yew and Horse Chestnut timber Kiln-dried round slices, beams, boards and planks of Oak, Elm, Lime, Yew and Horse Chestnut timber

    Tony monitoring the extraction of timber from the kiln on our custom-made bogey system Tony monitoring the extraction of timber from the kiln on our custom-made bogey system

    Our timber shop is now re-stocked with the native timbers and is open to the public. So why not pay us a visit and take your time to look through the new selection or even check out our showroom, where we display our range of manufactured products, from flooring to mouldings and much more.

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