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News > mail issue > 104 > 10/07/13
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Converting logs to timber

OAK LOG
Every year we convert selected logs to high quality furntiture boards. Using a mobile saw-mill, designed and built by Daniel Humble-Smith, logs up to 4.2m long and 0.75m in diameter are accurately sawn into boards. The saw is highly portable allowing us to convert trees in inaccessible locations into usable timber rather than allowing them to merely be turned into firewood, which, sadly, is a not uncommon outcome.
Air Drying
TIMBER STACK
As a rule of thumb, the boards are then air dried for a year per inch of thickness, in carefully laid out timber stacks, shielded from the extremes of weather and direct sunlight. Over the years we have come to love the texture of freshly sawn timber and have striven to incorporate it in our work.
Serra
SERRA
Serra, one in a series of cantilevered chairs, has a band-sawn texture that contrasts with the precision necessary to execute the mortice and tenons that enable the cantilever to endure. It also features  subtly steam-bent seat panels and back. Serra, amongst other pieces, is for sale in or online 'shop'......................................................................................... (see more here)
Litton Table
LITTON
Litton, pictured above,  was created from a single board of air dried Olive Ash, from a tree we felled in West Dorset. At nearly five metres long, it comfortably seats 20 on four benches and four stools. We are currently working on a design to enable 'unseasoned' timber to be used in this way, thus enabling the boards from your trees to be used 'green', as in an Oak timber framed building. Do feel free to contact us for further details.
Lamella
LAMELLA
Lamella (pictured above), was created from an Oak tree felled on the Somerset Levels. The base was designed to echo the buttresses so often found supporting the lower portions of mature oaks. The top displays the highly figured boards to their best advantage, elegantly offset with burr Oak cross banding.



If you would like to discuss converting any trees you may have - standing or fallen - into boards from which to create future heirlooms please don't hesitate to get in touch.........................we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Listen
ACORN
Converting timber to boards and then stacking them neatly to air dry is hard work. At the end of the long day we like to chill out with a glass of cider, and listen our favourite tunes...................................................................................(listen here).


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                                                                                                          Many thanks,
                                                                                                                     James.

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