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Freshly cut Oak planks

Fresh cut English Oak planks in the forest

When the planks are first cut a third of the weight is water. The water content has to be reduced before the wood can be used.

  

Freshly cut Sweet Chestnut planks



These planks are stacked ready for collection once dry they will be made into floor boards for use in a farmhouse renovation in the Peak District.

Fresh cut English Yew

fresh cut English yew planks

Note the vibrant colours in the grain, these colours stay in the wood during drying and are believed to have been caused by the various salts and minerals in the soil.


It doesn't always go to plan!

rotten section of sweet chestnut tree

We never know what condition the tree is in until milling has started.
After the second plank was cut from this section of trunk an area of rotten wood could be seen (dark area at top of picture above).

testing to see if tree is rotten by knocking on wood

By tapping the wood it's easy to tell which bit is rotten and which bit is not. However, the whole plank will still be dried as it is only the centre of the plank that is rotten and the outer 4 inches on either side can still be used.  Had we been a commercial outfit then this tree would have been left for firewood.

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