Saturday, 29 October 2011

Timber Haul.

   What you are seeing here, is a start to my bulk buying timber that requires seasoning. One of my friends owns a saw mill that cuts up logs for things like pallets, potato crates, and construction beams. Now some of the logs are unsuitable for this, being too knotty and or some rot. But there is still loads of usable timber for a furniture maker, this is where I step in, and decide if the log is any good for me. His yard is about eight miles from me, so he gives me a call when something of interest comes in, and I take a look and say how I would like the log cut. I had this Oak log cut up in various thicknesses 1", 2", and 4", but I also had two 14 footers cut to an inch and a quarter that are to become a book-matched table top.

As you can see its all in stick at the present, and it will be at least a year and a half before I can start to use some of it. But when I do, I will have some lovely timber to choose from. It doesn't stop there of course, I have a spalted beech log being cut up this week, also I am going over to his this week to tell him how I would like a large white Ash tree converted, as well as a Cedar tree. 

These two 4" lumps are English Walnut, and are destined to become two chairs when seasoned. I think some of the furniture I make from this new timber will become speculative pieces, or I have been toying with the idea of exhibiting some contemporary furniture of my own design in the future. Thanks for looking. 


  1. A nice way to get your timber. I can't wait till I've got that kind of space to store and dry timber (one day). I do take a bit from my brother as he's got a chainsaw mill but thats just for turning as I can't store much here at the moment. Glad your back blogging again

  2. Yes its sure a great resource, my neighbor is a tree surgeon, and is talking about getting a chainsaw mill. So I might be getting it from two sources soon. Its nice to be blogging again, house renovation is very tiring when its just you(as I'm sure you are aware).