British Hardwoods Blog

  • Tony and Jason's Wych Elm Challenge

    Tony and Jason had an extremely productive and labour intensive day on Monday. After sourcing a recently felled 200-year-old native Scot's elm tree, the job fell to them to slice the timber, ready for drying in our kiln. With a circumference of more than 4 metres, it required the use of one of the largest available chain saw mills, along with some hard work and determination.

    Slicing the Scot's elm required one of the largest chain saw mills available Our large chain saw mill with a deep bar setting ready to slice through the Scot's elm

    British Hardwoods MD Tony - ready for action! British Hardwoods MD Tony Fillingham - ready for action!

    The first layer removed revealing a stunning grain pattern With the outer layer removed, a simply stunning grain pattern was revealed

    A close-up of the grain reveals a lovely light brown heartwood with an interesting radial fleck A close-up reveals the lovely brown and green heartwood, interesting pip and striking radial flecks

    We were all thrilled to be the first to see inside this beautiful natural creation

    The second layer revealed a different but equally beautiful grain pattern The second layer revealed a different but equally beautiful grain pattern

    The second layer is revealed in all its glory The second layer is revealed in all its glory

    We can't wait to see these boards sanded and oiled We can't wait to see these lovely boards sanded and oiled

    Tony and Jason looking rightly proud of their endeavours Tony and Jason looking rightly proud of their endeavours

    Thank you Tony and Jason for helping this feeble photographer climb on and off the forklift safely for the 'aerial shots' (sorry about the squeaks of terror, and I hope the circulation in Jason's hand has now returned to normal). Once the boards are kiln dried and planed, we'll update our blog with some more pictures for you.

    Our YouTube page has a series of four short videos of the slicing of the elm, for those interested, just follow the link below:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/britishhardwoods

    If you would like more information about any of our timber products, please contact us, we'd be very happy to help out.

  • English Burr Elm Board

    Our latest batch of our own kiln dried native hardwoods are now at the very rewarding stage of being hand selected and sanded. As a small taste of things to come we have uploaded a simply stunning English Burr Elm Board to our online shop.

    English Burr Elm Board English Burr Elm Board

    The board has an abundance of magnificent burls and pip combined with a striking grain pattern. It could be used to produce a simply stunning piece of natural art, or for furniture and cabinet making. It has been sanded to a 16mm thickness and is between 230mm-410mm wide and 1530mm long.

    English Burr Elm Plank English Burr Elm Plank

    This beautiful piece of English Burr Elm will be the first of many different native hardwood boards which have been specially chosen for their unique character and appeal. Our timber shop will also offer many native hardwoods in a range of lengths, widths, and thicknesses, and at a price to suit every pocket.

    Click here to view our specially selected English Burr Elm Board >>

  • A very busy day on Riparian Way

    We had an exciting and busy day at British Hardwoods on Monday. After a long 10 weeks wait, the native hardwoods in our kiln were, at last, ready for unloading.

    This batch of unloaded native timbers includes some lovely English pippy oak, pippy burr yew, sycamore and lime Our latest batch of native timbers includes some lovely English pippy oak, pippy burr yew, sycamore and lime

    The images below show the step-by-step process of unloading the kiln.

    Our native hardwood boards ready for unloading Our native hardwood boards in the kiln ready for unloading

    With Tony ready on the forklift, Jason attaches the strapping to the load With Tony in position on the forklift, Jason secures the strapping

    Our forklift takes the strain, and the load is smoothly pulled from the kiln on our bogey system Our forklift takes the strain, and the load is smoothly pulled from the kiln on our bogey system

    Our newly removed load of kiln dried hardwoods Our newly removed load of lovely kiln dried native hardwoods

    "If you stand close enough you can still hear the wood popping"

    First to unload, some lovely thick sections of sycamore, ideal for woodturning First up, some lovely thick sections of sycamore, perfect for woodturning - next job unloading the large boards!

    With this batch of native hardwoods swiftly unloaded, we have plenty of new boards cut and ready to take their place in our ongoing kiln drying cycle.

    We'll have plenty of information about our increasing stock of native timbers updated on our website very soon. In the meantime, you would be most welcome to come and take a look at our hardwoods, and our kiln-drying process - we'd be glad to show you around.

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