British Hardwoods Blog

  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From All At British Hardwoods

    As another successful year at British Hardwoods draws to a close we would like to thank you, our valued customers, for your continued support over the last 12 months.

    We have seen further expansion at our premises in Yorkshire over the past year, with additional racking installed to house our growing stocks of native timbers. We have also recently transformed an area of unused office space into a fully equipped teaching area for woodworking classes to accommodate our soon-to-open School of Woodwork, led by local tutor Chris Tribe. Our recently developed shop of selected wood boards has too been a hit with all who have been in for a browse. Just some of the many changes at British Hardwoods in 2017.

    In the New Year we look forward to welcoming three new members to the British Hardwoods team with Nigel and JoJo joining us in the office and Peter taking up a role in our saw milling and native hardwood supplies within the factory.

    After such a hard-working year of machining and manufacturing the British Hardwoods team will take a well-earned break from lunch time on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 8:00am on Tuesday 2nd January. We wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • 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 Huntingdon Elm

    It is very similar to Wych Elm but with a very distinctive creamy white sap wood.

    Huntingdon Elm First cut Huntingdon Elm

    There are only a few surviving pockets of this rare species left in the country.

  • British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    We are pleased to announce an exciting new venture for British Hardwoods starting early in the New Year. As part of our ongoing expansion, we have allocated space for a fully equipped teaching area, and have teamed up with experienced tutor Chris Tribe, who will be running a series of weekend woodwork courses, here at our premises in Yorkshire.

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    The courses are aimed at the beginner woodworker and will focus on hand tools, covering the basic techniques such as tool sharpening and maintenance, basic jointing and dovetailing. The courses provide a firm foundation in the essentials of woodworking; sharp tools, precise measuring and marking technique, accurate sawing and planing, and the development of a meticulous approach. From this basis, sound woodworking technique can be built. Mixing this with the “woody” environment at British Hardwoods should make the courses an interesting and stimulating experience.

    Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork Basic Skills Course

    Chris has been making furniture since 1975 and became a professional designer/maker in 1990. After many years experience teaching evening classes at Loxley College in Sheffield,  Huddersfield Technical College and then at Leeds College of Art and Design, Chris started teaching small groups in his own workshop. The popularity of his courses has meant that Chris now spends a good deal more of his time teaching than making, and we are pleased to be collaborating with him on this exciting new project.

    Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses

    The courses dates are as follows:

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance:

    13th-14th January 2018

    28th-29th April 2018

    18th-19th August 2018

    1st-2nd December 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course

    Basic Skills:

    24th-25th February 2018

    9th-10th May 2018

    29th-30th September 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Basic Skills Course


    24th-25th March 2018

    14th-15th July 2018

    27th-28th October 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Dovetailing Course

    Places on each course are limited, and some courses are already filling up, so please book early to reserve your place.

    If you’re not sure which course would best suit your needs, Chris would be happy to advise you. His full contact details can be found on his website:


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