Posted on Sunday 11th February 2018
It has been some time since posting any news as we have been busy with other projects away from the workshop however, we have of late had a lot of leads resulting from the stormy weather leading to a number of large old veteran logs falling. This is never a ideal means of obtaining timber but often whilst the return in the sense of volume can be low the quality of the timber itself can make up for the work entailed when we can hopefully target the sales to markets requiring the finest of pieces. This can be anything from high end guitars to knife makers wanting unique beautiful tight flowery figure. Hopefully a log we are due to visit this week will yield such pieces after some considerable work. The colour looks promising, the yield may be very limited however but it at least makes some use of what would have been a magnificent 150/200 year old log
The joy of dealing with English Walnut
Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017
There are highs and lows when cutting Walnut and despite doing my best to ensure we only spend time on promising logs sometimes it can be a gamble as without the benefits of X-ray vision you can never know fully what you will get. This was one such log, very limited length, bits of rot, multiple limbs, it had all of these issues and of course which ever way it went, the yield was always going to be small. But at inspection I could see some nice black line and the colour was down into the bottom of the root. There was a machine on site to drop it on board so I took a chance on it. What I couldn't see of course was the lump of concrete, bits of brick and cement inside, embedded within many years ago. After a few hours work we managed to cut out all the muck and grit and hopefully we won't find any further issues when we put it on the saw. Luckily my hunch on it containing some very nice timber was right and later in its life it will be cut into guitar billets and for other projects requiring pretty small sections.
Good sized English Walnut
Posted on Friday 20th October 2017
We have been back out collecting logs this week. Below are some images of the latest one. It's not the biggest girth wise but with a mid girth of 132 inches not skinny. But it was of good length which made for 4 logs to add to the saw pile.
Future English Walnut guitar sets
Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017
It's been some time since posting any news but that is not to say I have not been out trying to find good quality logs to replenish the sadly all but empty back and side set stock we have carried in the past. English Walnut is not abundant here in the uk and the vast majority of the logs we handle whilst being of a planking grade they just don't come up to grade for what people want to use in the next prized guitar. Well this week I did manage to collect one such all be a small and very sappy one. The colour and stripe look very promising but only time will tell after straightening of the rather wonkey bottom end I ran the saw through to see what it would look like on the planked faces. It looks extremely promising and will I'm sure make for some lovely material, that is unless someone comes along and buys it before it gets to the point of sawing.
Posted on Saturday 28th January 2017
Just to show we do from time to time deal with timber besides Walnut inculded are a couple of images of a recent purchase, a 18ft burr oak log. The burrs travel right back into the pith as indicated in the cut end of the log, some of this burrs wrap almost completely around and are larger than wheelbarrows