1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Huntingdon Elm

    Huntingdon Elm
    We have just taken delivery of some lovely Huntingdon Elm which has a good amount of pip and burr. Really looking forward to milling this. Huntingdon Elm It is very similar to Wych Elm but with a very distinctive creamy white sap wood. First cut Huntingdon Elm There are only a few surviving pockets of this rare species left in...

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