Timber for sale or trees that need work?

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We love trees!  We would much rather leave them alone to live out their long and beautiful lives but sometimes a tree out grows its surroundings and needs to be removed, tidied up or made safe. We want to get involved in jobs like these because we care deeply about the importance of our work.

We specialise in accessing harder-to-reach timber and have a skilled team to climb, fell and extract any tree

Timber for sale?

  • Please Include pictures of all sides
    (Including the end cut faces)
  • Include the measurements – length and radius (across the width of the log)
  • Species if you know it (don’t worry if not)
  • Location – If there is access for a timber lorry to
    collect the logs.

Questions? We have the answers

  • Oak
  • Elm
  • Ash
  • Sycamore
  • Maple
  • Yew
  • Sweet and Horse Chestnut
  • Larch
  • Douglas Fir
  • Western Red Cedar

Star shake – Splitting in the timber from the centre of the tree out. 

Ring shake – Separation of the growth rings which again can be very problematic for milling.

Rot – Rot can sometimes be quite attractive in boards, but it’s very dependent on where it is in the tree and how extensive it is.

Large branches or unions – Large branches growing out from the main stem can cause a great deal of tension in the timber which after milling can cause the boards to twist, warp and split. The grain can look very attractive, but the movement needs to be accounted for.

The centre not being centre – If the middle pith of the log is off centre this is an indicator that the tree has put stress wood growth on to one side to counteract an external factor like persistent winds or growing on a steep slope. This will cause uneven tension in the wood and makes the boards more prone to movement and defects during the milling and drying process.

Heartwood to sapwood content – In nearly all trees, the heart wood is by far the most durable part but the volume of it compared to the sapwood can vary considerably. The more heartwood, the better, as it makes the timber more useful.

Metal – If the tree has grown near a fence there are often signs of wire being wrapped around or nails and staples hammered into the wood. We can work around this, but it gets very costly if we start braking saw blades on hidden metal in the timber.

  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Grand Fir
  • Noble Fir
  • Hemlock

Felling – Our top tip is get a tree surgeon with experience in cutting hardwood timber for sawmill production. It is very easy to damage the timber beyond all use with careless or unskilled felling. If you are unsure, PLEASE ASK and we can help by doing the job or putting you in touch with recommended contractors.

Provenance – If the tree has a rich history or has lived on a site of historical significance, this can add value to your timber; a good story that could be shared throughout its journey.

If possible, take pictures of the tree while it is still standing and mark its locations with either a pin drop, grid reference or postcode. This gives the timber an origin and a starting point which again helps to deepen the connection to the finished product.

Cut in the winter – Some timbers, like sycamore and maple, are only at their best when cut in the winter months when the sap is low and the sugars in the timber are minimal.

All hardwood timber is best felled in the winter, but it is more critical to some species than others.

Length – If in doubt, leave it as long as possible and we can advise where best to crosscut to get the best from the logs.  If you do need to crosscut, then cut at full meter marks e.g. 3m, 4m, 5m etc. If the log splits at a branch union cut off above the union and not below.

Seal the ends – In an ideal world the open cut ends of the timber would be sealed soon after felling. This slows the loss of the moisture and helps avoid excessive splitting at the ends which can lead to the loss of quality timber. We use a waterproof PVA glue to paint onto the ends of our logs, applying a few coats to get a good thick layer of protection. Paraffin wax, anchor seal or a good oil-based paint can also be used.

Tree's that need work?

  • Please Include pictures of all around the tree
  • Pictures of any obstacles around the tree; oil tank, fence, buildings etc.
  • Species if you know it (don’t worry if not)
  • Location – Access

Do you have timber for sale or trees that need work? Please fill in the form below.

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01309 611769

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