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Log Blog

  • Burr & Brrrr! - Log Blog #2

    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.

    A big lump on the forklift A Big Lump on the Forklift Truck

    Here are some photos of the Pippy Brown Oak. The brown is caused by the Beefsteak Fungus, one of the many edible fungi that grow on wood. The fungus causes a myriad of distinctive tiger striping throughout the wood.

    The Burr Oak was cut at 56mm thick and made into Boules which will be air dried indoors initially for a year before kilning.

    The Boules are stored at high level with the benefit of good air flow from our wood fired factory heating.

  • Log Blog #1 - February 2021

    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 have to put a few pieces through the planer to reveal their inner beauty.

    The next load went in the same day and consisted of Elm, Sycamore and Beech, cut to 56mm thick. The Elm tends to move a lot so we made a Beech and Elm sandwich to keep it flat.

    The Beech logs were enormous, displaying some striking spalting and had to be reduced in size with the chain mill before going to the main saw.

    The drying of these starts low and slow at 35°C, gradually building up to 47°C at the end of the cycle. I'm really looking forward to planing up some of these Bobby Dazzlers when they come out!

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