Question & Answer Session

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This is an introduction to Coran - his favourite type of wood, his reason for joining Logie Timber, his favourite projects and his thoughts about the current market!

Coran Gleed

What attracted you to working with timber, and Logie in particular?

Well, I moved up here about 4-5 years ago now. Alec is my dad’s landlord, and I met him through my dad and ended up doing a video for the sawmill.

I ended up working here, and it just sort of grew on me. I didn’t really search for the job, but just sort of fell into it. I’ve always been into woodwork, but when I lived in Plymouth there wasn’t a huge amount going on for it down there.

The honest truth is just that it was a job that was there at the time, but when I arrived, I found myself getting really into wood. It was mainly the photography that got me involved at the place, and then I ended up doing the photography and other media stuff, but the craft really grew on me as well.

Do you have a favourite type of wood?

Cedar, I think.

Smells good, and it’s easy to work with.

What role do you think timber can best play in the current market?

The main thing that I really like about the place is that we don’t use any chemical treatments.

We’re working towards doing a planting scheme as well. It’s locally sourced and there’s no carbon footprint, so there’s no damage as such.

We put more into it, give back after we produce.

Do you have any other central hobbies and interests, and if so what are they?

I do a bit of mountain biking, metal detecting, photography, turning, and a few other things.

I’ve been a man of many hobbies – I get really interested and obsessed by it, and I do it over and over again to the point where I’ve got too many hobbies.

As someone who’s in charge of a lot of work orders, what are some of the more unique projects you’ve seen come through?

There’s been some really interesting ones.

There’s Naomi Mcintosh who uses thin strips of beech to build art objects, so that was cool.

A guy who builds ukuleles, that was interesting. Weirdly, the small projects interest me more, I find them more interesting. It’s not often you saw wood specifically to be made into a ukulele or part of a drum kit.

The cedar fence is kind of cool, knowing that that cedar’s going to be part of a fence for hundreds of years, long after we’re gone.