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        Carmelites Monastery - Notting Hill

London Plane:

In mid 2012 it was decided that damage to the drains in the grounds of the monastery had been caused by the roots of some of the trees closest to the Monastery, as a result a death sentence was passed on four London Planes.

3 of the 4

On Monday 11th March 2013 after the relevant paper work had been signed by the local council the deed was started and by mid-day the following day all 4 trees were down and cut up.

The trees were 60 - 70 foot high, the one shown in the photo below is 48 inches across at the base of the trunk.

During 2013 Patrick Turk traveled back & forth to Notting Hill once a month to continue the milling of the trees, the milled planks were left to air dry in the garden.

Photo above shows colour of the grain after the first cut has been made. Photo below shows grain pattern in closer detail.

The square edged boards in the photo below have been quarter sawn from a Plane trunk.
Quarter sawn timber has a much more decorative grain then through & through milled boards and for this reason is highly prized by cabinet makers.

Below is the last and largest section waiting to be milled at just over 56" across and 12' in length.
A special 72" long double ended milling bar with a chainsaw engine at each end will be needed for this task.

Last London Plane to mill

Copper Beech:

In early July 2012  we received a call from a the Burser at the Carmelites in Notting Hill, London asking if we would be interested in a Copper Beech that had just that weekend fallen over.

Having seen our website and read what we do with storm damaged trees she said they liked the idea of the tree being used rather than be cut up for firewood.

A date was set for viewing the tree and cleaning it up before milling could start.
It had fallen across the footpath and the nuns were having difficulty walking around it.

Above photo shows the sight that met us when we arrived at the monastery. A majestic tree with it's beautiful copper coloured leaves still on the branches as if it had just laid down for a rest.

4 hours and a rain storm (British summer!) later and the tree is ready for milling.

Usable sections of the tree were milled into 1.5", 2.5" and 3" planks, stacked along the perimeter wall and will be left to air dry for the next 1 - 3 years.

The path is usable once again.

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