The challenge of buying timber at "arms length" - both for you and for us - is that the supply must be of "100A1" quality,
yet still needs to be available at affordable prices We are fortunate
to have struck a partnership with a supplier who is commited to, and able to meet, the standards which we demand and we are pleased to be offering this UK-sourced domestic hardwood to the woodworking
public, along with a selection of tropical hardwoods and other materials for penmaking etc.
Much of our domestic UK timber comes from old, slow-grown forests in Scotland where the cooler weather and shorter
summers, coupled with harder winters favours the development of a tight grain structure. Most of this timber is kiln-dried to a moisture content which is likely to be in the range 10% - 15% when you receive
it, dependent upon species, timber section and the time of year. This means that the timber should turn sweetly but it is NOT at "centrally-heated house" levels of dryness (typically more
like 4% to 8%) and thus will need a little time to stabilise slowly after turning before you place it on the dining table or window-cill for the world to admire. Any domestic timber which is not
kiln dried is normally indicated by the letters P/S to indicate "part-seasoned", unless otherwise noted.
The lists on the attached web pages are based on stock in hand and this will certainly vary
from time to time but we will apply our best endeavours to fulfill orders as specified. In the event that a particular species/size becomes unavailable we will contact you to try to agree on
suitable alternatives. We will also attempt to meet your special needs for turning timber (domestic UK hardwoods only at this stage) if you let us know what you need by email.
To simplify buying, our timber "store" is divided into sections, as follows:-
Domestic Hardwoods in bowl blanks and squares
Imported hardwoods in bowl blanks and squares
Project materials, dominantly Pen Blanks, both in timber and acrylic as well as our unique and dazzling Tigerwood
Timber Specialities such as Boxwood
in block form, generally Limewood.
Other materials may well crop up from time to time and we'll do our best to fit them into the above framework for ease of navigation.