British Hardwoods Blog

  • 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.

  • A Fantastic Day at our Timber Shop Event

    We all enjoyed a superb day at our Timber Shop Sale last Saturday. We welcomed a record number of visitors and it was lovely to see so many first-time callers along with lots of familiar faces.

    A record number of visitors at British Hardwoods Open Day 2020 A record number of visitors at British Hardwoods Open Day 2020

    Plenty of special offer timber packs all ready for the sale Plenty of special offer timber packs all ready for the sale

    "The Blind Woodturner" Chris Fisher joined us giving woodturning demonstrations throughout the day. If you've not been lucky enough to see Chris at work, take a look at his YouTube channel, the work he creates, and his inspirational outlook, is a wonder to behold.

    Chris Fisher "The Blind Woodturner" demonstrating his astounding woodturning skills Special Guest - Chris Fisher "The Blind Woodturner" demonstrating his astounding woodturning skills

    Chris turning a blank with care and precision Chris rounding off a blank with care and precision

    Chris adds an interesting texture to his bowl

    We were also joined by local Artist Lisa Shackleton who demonstrated her pyrography skills to a spellbound audience. Willing participants were able to take a turn under Lisa's supervision and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Lisa Shackleton - Pyrography Artist - all set up for the day Lisa Shackleton - Pyrography Artist - all set up for the day

    Lisa demonstrating her pyrography skills to an interested audience Lisa demonstrating her pyrography skills to an interested audience

    Two of our team taking time out from a busy sale day to enjoy an artistic experience Two of the British Hardwoods team taking time out from a busy sale day to enjoy an artistic experience

    Johnny seems to have found a new hobby Johnny seems to have found a new hobby

    We were also joined by the West Riding Woodturners and Carleton Crafters who demonstrated their woodturning skills and happily chatted to fellow wood enthusiasts.

    Woodturning demonstrations by the West Riding Woodturning Group Woodturning demonstrations by the West Riding Woodturning Group

    A busy day for this local woodturning group A busy day for this local woodturning group

    Just some of the lovely crafts created by the group Just some of the lovely crafts created by the group

    Carleton Crafters also demonstrating their woodturning skills Carleton Crafters also demonstrating their woodturning skills

    Alistair from the Carleton Crafters concentrating on the task at hand Carleton Crafters concentrating on the task at hand

    Some of the lovely designs created by the Carleton Crafters Some of the stunning designs created by the group

    Barry Bell with his unique hand crafted products It was lovely to see Barry Bell's unique and unusual products hand-crafted from everyday items

    Barry's handcrafted Steampunk Lamps gave a lovely glow and heat Barry's quirky Steampunk Lamps gave a lovely glowing heat - each lamp completely unique

    First time exhibitors at our Open Day - MdesignC First time exhibitors at our Open Day - MdesignC - with their beautiful handcrafted cheeseboards and knives

    Welcome back to Shauns Woodwork with his lovely fretsaw work - beware the ghosts A big welcome back to Shaun's Woodwork with some lovely fretsaw work - beware of the ghosts!

    More from Shaun - beautiful tea light holders and lamps More from Shaun - beautiful tea light holders and lamps

    Local woodcarver Anthony Griffiths also exhibited for the first time - we were all amazed by the detail in his stunning carvings Local woodcarver Anthony Griffiths showcased the amazing detail in his beautiful carvings

    Lovely attention to detail in Anthony's woodcarvings Interesting and thought-provoking set pieces

    It was lovely to see Wayne, Jill (and not forgetting Bertha) from the Little Oak Latch Company It was lovely to see Wayne, Jill (and not forgetting Bertha) from the Little Oak Latch Company

    Michael Rave from Turnerford Oak joined us again with his lovely display of handcrafted items Michael Ravey from Turnerford Oak joined us again with his lovely display of handcrafted items

    Michael working hard at some dough bowl work - it's always enjoyable seeing the crafters demonstrating their skills Michael chiselling a dough bowl - it's always enjoyable seeing the crafters demonstrating their skills

    Local company ToolWise displaying their wide range of power tool accessories Local company ToolWise displaying their wide range of power tool accessories

    We're glad that Classic Hand Tools could join us again We're glad that Classic Hand Tools could join us again - with their very fine selection

    Whittling a spoon - the traditional way with Classic Hand Tools Making a spoon - the traditional way with Classic Hand Tools - it's always essential to have a cuppa close at hand!

    Turner's Retreat brought along some lovely exotic timber blanks Turner's Retreat brought along some lovely exotic timber blanks

    No open day would be complete without a Mebor Saw Mill demonstration No open day would be complete without a Mebor Saw Mill demonstration

    Tony draws the crowds as he demonstrates the efficiency of the superb Mebor Tony draws a crowd of spectators as he demonstrates the efficiency of the superb Mebor

    During an enjoyable and busy day, we were all kept well supplied with refreshments by a hardworking team of family members. Thanks to their hard work we raised more than £150 for Martin House Hospice on the day - a huge thank you to them and all who donated. Sam Conroy's lunchtime chilli went down a storm, raising funds for his upcoming Tanzania Outlook Expedition. Sam would like to pass on his thanks to all those who kindly donated.

    The Fearnley family keeping us all going with a steady flow of hot drinks The Fearnley team keeping us all going with a steady flow of hot drinks - well done chaps!

    From all at British Hardwoods, we would like to say a big thank you to all our demonstrators and exhibitors; the success of the day is in large part down to them. Thank you also to all the British Hardwoods Team - a hardworking and dedicated group of people. Lastly, a huge thank you to all those who attended the event, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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