Timber

  • Timber Air Drying Shed (Phase 1 - Framework)

    We've found that our kiln-drying process works best when the boards have been air dried for a period of time beforehand. As you can imagine, the air drying of timber boards takes up a lot of space. In an effort to maximise our air-drying capacity we have started to build our own Timber Air Drying Shed. Phase 1 took just two days to complete, producing a sturdy traditional framework constructed from our air dried oak beams.

    Tony puts the first piece of the framework in place using the forklift truck Tony positions the first section of the air dried oak beam framework using the forklift truck

    The beams have been machined with traditional draw pegged mortise and tenon joints The beams have been machined with traditional draw pegged mortise and tenon joints

    Tony carefully tamps the joints into place Tony attaches a temporary thin batten to level up the side supports

    Made to measure - the tenons are positioned with ease into the adjacent mortise Made to measure - the tenons are perfectly positioned to ease into the mortise on the front framework

    It's a two man job to control a hardwood framework of this size - Tony and Jason have it all under control It's a two man job to adjust a hardwood frame of this size - Tony and Jason have it well under control

    The forklift finishes the job off nicely - pushing the front framework into place The forklift finishes the job off nicely - pushing the front framework into place - with assistance from Jason

    Now for the roof slats! Now for the roof slats! We reckon our Managing Director Tony's hands-on approach in business is pretty unique

    The framework for the air drying shed is now complete - now for phase 2! Just two days later and the framework for the air drying shed is complete - now for phase 2!

    Our air drying shed is being constructed using our hand planed air dried oak beams. The beams could be used in a similar way to produce a bespoke hardwood gazebo, pergola or carport. If you have a Spring project in mind, and would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

  • NEW! Two Day Course - Working with Wood

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to work with wood? Using hand tools and traditional joinery techniques you'll learn how to make a solid oak Cow Stool in our fully equipped workshop - all materials supplied. This two-day course is suitable for beginners and will be run by Freya Whamond, a talented local furniture designer and maker.

    Places on the course are limited. Call us on 01535 637755 for more information or to reserve your place. More courses coming soon, follow our Social Media channels for dates and information.

  • Cumbrian Oak Tree Lands in Yorkshire

    Tony and Jason crossed the border into Lancashire last week to attend to a large fallen oak tree on the lovely Barbon Estate. The estate is situated on the three-county boundary on the side of the Lune Valley near Kirkby Lonsdale. The 1.2m diameter tree was over 250 years old and had recently blown down in strong winds. The sheer size of the trunk required it to be cut into baulks on site, prior to transporting to our factory for re-sawing. With the Lucas Mill and Chainsaw Mill we had the best tools for the job, combined with the expertise and manpower of Tony and Jason - resulting in an excellent, hard days work.

    The stump of the fallen 250-year-old oak tree

    Once removed the tree has left a real open space in the woodland

    Tony sets to work cutting the tree to length with the chainsaw

    Tony pictured with the Lucas Mobile Saw Mill, the top slice of the boule has now been removed

    With the top slice removed Tony can now assess the width of the sap band to calculate the most efficient cuts

    The Lucas Mill in action, cutting the tree into baulks

    When newly cut, the moisture present in the tree trunk highlights the lovely grain pattern in the timber

    With the tree now well on its way to being processed, Tony takes stock and plans his next cut

    What a beautiful environment to work in - how lucky we are!

    Just a few days later, the timber arrives at our factory

    The timber is soon lifted off the trailer

    These lovely wide boards will now need re-sawing on our Mebor saw mill

    Sustainable use of our natural resources in this way is the ethos of what we do at British Hardwoods. This lovely old tree will be carefully re-sawn to produce beautiful English oak boards for our Timber Shop, ready to be lovingly hand-crafted into something new by our skilled customers.

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