British Hardwoods Blog

  1. Arron's Great Manchester Run

    Arron's Great Manchester Run
    This weekend, we'll be cheering on our friend and work colleague Arron, who'll be running the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday. Arron has chosen to run for Mind Leeds, a charity close to his heart. My main reason for taking this on is to raise money for a brilliant charity who helped me when I needed them. I want to...
  2. English Oak Board Flattening Day

    English Oak Board Flattening Day
    The Lucas Mill is a fine circular saw mill and will cut up to 10" wide boards at a fair rate, however, it also doubles up as a superb board planer with the addition of a 280mm diameter carbide tipped cutter block. Using it as a sawmill we first cut this large spalted beech to give us a datum plinth...
  3. Haworth Christmas Craft Fair

    Haworth Christmas Craft Fair
    If you've called in to one of our Timber Sale and Open Day events, you are likely to have seen Barry Bell and his wonderful Steampunk Lamps. Barry is a skilled woodturner who started by making garden furniture, before moving on to bespoke birdhouses and rocking horses. Barry now uses his skills to upcycle pre-loved items by turning them into...
  4. British Hardwoods School of Woodworking

    British Hardwoods School of Woodworking
    If you would like to learn how to work with wood in a relaxed and informal setting, come and join us on our upcoming courses. The courses are held in our fully equipped teaching workshop, here in Yorkshire and are run by Freya Whamond, a talented local furniture designer and maker. All materials and tools are supplied and you will...
  5. Anthony Griffiths - Wood Carver

    Anthony Griffiths - Wood Carver
    We have received some wonderful photos from our friend Anthony Griffiths showing his recent wood carving creations. Each piece is curious and unique and we are completely in awe of his intricate craftsmanship. Anthony has created 'Climbing' from offcuts of oak and lime. The detail on the rocks is wonderful - it's hard to believe this lovely piece of art...
  6. Boules Out!

    Boules Out!
    This load of 54mm thick English Oak was first air dried indoors for six months. The boules were placed eight metres high on our racks, where they had good air flow and low relative humidity, thanks to our wood-fired biomass heating. After seven weeks in our kiln at a low 35°C, the moisture content reached 10% - perfect for indoor...
  7. Burr & Brrrr!

    Burr & Brrrr!
    On the 8th of February we started cross cutting our frozen Burr and Brown Oak logs to reveal their inner beauty. Some burr and pip just sits on the surface like a cow pat, these however went right into the heart of the log. Here are some photos of the Pippy Brown Oak. The brown is caused by the Beefsteak...
  8. A Good Day for Loading and Unloading

    A Good Day for Loading and Unloading
    The 1st of February was a lovely crisp day up here in Yorkshire, perfect for unloading/reloading our 40ft kiln. This load was 300 cubic feet of really gorgeous Pippy Oak cut at 30mm thick, which had been in for eight weeks, after first air drying. Most of the boards came out straight and flat with almost zero degrade. We always...
  9. Showcasing Anthony Griffiths - Wood Carver

    Showcasing Anthony Griffiths - Wood Carver
    This time last year, we were busy preparing for our Annual Timber Shop Open Day in the February. What a brilliant day it turned out to be, and how lucky we were that we managed to squeeze it in, just before everything changed. The success of our Open Days is always, in large part, down to the talented exhibitors and...
  10. A Lovely Christmas Surprise!

    A Lovely Christmas Surprise!
    We would like to thank a lovely customer of ours for our beautiful and unexpected Christmas gifts. Yesterday, each of the office team received a personalised, handcrafted present, made from our own oak timber. We love them! At the end of an eventful year, we feel very lucky to have such thoughtful and talented customers. We would like to wish...

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