English Walnut Root Gunstock High Grade
Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017
It's been a while since posting any news and good Walnut these last few months I haven't been offered or viewed of any size that even warranted a visit, most I didn't even request a picture of, so with the lack of stock coming in on time for us to be able to saw it I thought it about i tackled a few of the ugly looking dirt ridden Walnut roots in the yard of which we had a few with potential. My rule of thumb is to start the day with a newly sharpened chain and once we can no longer get it cut anything the day in the yard is over which can be ten minutes or if I am really lucky a couple of hours. After this phase the resulting pieces are taken back to the workshop to further break up into billets for various end uses in all manner of sizes. The same rule applies, hit a stone or grit of which there is often lots deep inside which you cannot see or access in any way even with the jet wash. Well I am pleased to say that one half of one of the roots has gone very well and produced a few stunning pieces, all we have to do now is wait another year or two for the next phase, unless someone comes along and offers me a tempting offer.
Stocking up with more English walnut
Posted on Tuesday 27th September 2016
This year has not been the best for collections when it comes to walnut. Most of what we acquire comes from windblown or old diseased dangerous logs so we in the hands of the weather most seasons with this past year offering us very little opportunity to locating new stock, so today was one of the few occasions where we were out collecting a good sized interesting log. It needed a little trim of the root flare before we could load.
Large Elm Collection
Posted on Thursday 22nd September 2016
Often we publish news of collections of walnut logs but just to show we do also carry other stock I have added images of a large Elm we picked up this week, or more to the point pulled on with the winch. It is a good 40inches plus in width 12ft in length with no shake and good colour.
Aged German Maple Violin Billets And Aged German Spruce
Posted on Monday 8th August 2016
I was recently contacted by a retired Violin maker who had stocks of German Spruce and European Maple for a number of years. The German stock is around 45years of age and was all personally selected in her travels to German over the period of her career. Having long since retired she was keen her life's collection did not end up on a bonfire. We will soon be collecting the stock and offering it for sale after having it graded by a professional builder who has been a customer for a number of years.
Large English Walnut Butt
Posted on Friday 17th June 2016
As mentioned prior here are some of the images of a large old log we dealt with today its also useful as a gauge as to age, this log had a girth of 180" at its smallest point which was around waist height as it was a short fat log, we sometimes gauge the age at around 1" per year of growth and given the house was built around 1798 it was most likely planted at that time. I didnt rob the gnome of his spade it is a full side one. Across the flare at the top it is around 8ft wide and at its narrowest point well over 4ft. It has its problems with a cavity inside but given we could only just lift it with a 4ton capable machine there is a huge amount of stunning wood still to be got from it.