British Hardwoods Blog

  • The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey

    On the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate sits the Tithe Barn, a 500 year old Grade II listed building waiting to be restored into something quite magical. Permission for change of use and refurbishment was granted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The barn is now used as a high quality wedding venue, with a capacity to take up to 200 guests. The barn's Trustees' felt using the building in this way will not only conserve and highlight its' national importance, but it will have several community benefits, as members of the public will have access and be able to appreciate the internal structure of the barn, along with the creation of full-time jobs.

    British Hardwoods were exclusively chosen as the supplier towards the restoration of the barn's 16th century oak timber frame. The main bulk of the products supplied were our Hand Planed Air Dried Oak Beams. As you will see from the photos, the beams were hand-worked to ensure it adhered to the character and organic look of the original beams.

    If you are interested in viewing the venue, get in touch with The Tithe Barn - Bolton Abbey Ltd.

    The bar top was made from our Air Dried Oak Beam

    Supply of Solid Oak Mopstick Handrail Supply of Solid Oak Mopstick Handrail
  • The Bronte Sportive Cycling Challenge

    The Bronte Sportive Cycling challenge may not be one of the longest sportives, however, mile for mile, it is recognised as one of the toughest in the UK. With such a demanding challenge, we were proud to have supported one of our members of staff, Nigel, on his quest to attack one of the four routes of the sportive, known as 'The Monster', covering 90 miles spanning Bronte Country, the South Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales.

    We were thrilled to see Nigel still in form and in one piece the following day of the race. He explained to us, that part way through the race, someone had removed relevant signposts for participants following 'The Monster' route and consequently there were a group of cyclists who ended up lost in the Dales. Nigel managed to find his way back completing 65 miles, and if you're cycling around in circles in the Dales, that's certainly no mean feat! Well done to Nigel and who knows, he might try it again next year (and do it properly).

    The Bronte Sportive is in support of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, situated in West Yorkshire, who provide care and and support to people with life-limiting conditions, which can involve complex physical or psychological problem.

    Nigel cycling throughout the Yorkshire Dales Nigel cycling throughout the Yorkshire Dales
  • 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.

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