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.

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