• 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.

  • Into the Woods - A Short Tour

    Our native timber shop "Into the Woods" is proving really popular among local woodworking enthusiasts, craft makers and cabinet makers. Those who are close enough to visit us will find a warm welcome and plenty of lovely native hardwoods to browse through. The following video gives a good idea of the selected boards that we have in stock at the moment . . .

    We plan to regularly update this virtual video tour as each board is completely unique and our stocks do change regularly. We hope to feature some of the larger selected boards on our online shop in the near future, so keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

  • Slicing Native Rippled Ash with the Mebor Band Saw

    The Mebor Band Saw has been put to excellent use this week, slicing the most beautiful Native Rippled Ash boards from logs sustainably sourced from The Malverns. Once sliced the boards revealed a stunning dark Olive heartwood with distinctive outer ripples.

    Rippled Olive Ash Boards Rippled English Olive Ash Boards

    Rippled Olive Ash Heartwood Distinctive Ripples on English Ash

    With the timber in its raw state, the photos don't really do justice to these stunning boards at the moment. However, once the timber has been dried in our Vacuum kiln and then sanded to a smooth finish, the ripples will produce a stunning three dimensional figure.

    The Mebor Band Saw made short work of slicing through this large Native Ash Log, with the new blade moving like a knife through butter.

    Tony setting up the Mebor Band Saw Tony initialising the set-up of the Mebor Band Saw

    Tony setting up the Mebor Band Saw The Mebor moving in to position to commence the cut as Tony closely observes

    Mebor Slicing Rippled Ash Board The new blade moves cleanly and quietly through the log

    Slicing Native Rippled Ash The Mebor reaches the end of the log, then reverses to push the newly sliced board clear

    Mebor Slicing Rippled English Ash The newly sliced Rippled Ash Board is deposited cleanly onto the conveyor belt

    Once these lovely boards are kiln dried and sanded they will be ready for sale in our native timber shop "Into the Woods". Due to their unique figuring these boards will be extremely popular for cabinet makers and all timber enthusiasts, so be sure to follow our social media channels for updates, so as not to miss out.

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