Using fallen trees that in most cases are over 250
years old we have created an exclusive collection of beautiful furniture
that is not only a joy to look at but practical as well.
The trees we use for the collection are ones that have fallen in storms or have been damaged as a result of high winds.
been a cabinet maker for over 35 years Patrick sees the huge
potential in fallen & strom-damaged trees and in the past 10 years he's undergone a journey of discovery to
find a way of removing, planking and drying the wood with the least
impact on the environment.
In the following pages you'll find out how he achieved just that and why Forest 2 Furniture is so unique.
Preparing the tree......
Before milling can start careful consideration has to be made as to what the timber will be used for.
This is controlled in part by the diameter of the tree and how many bends or curves there are.
However, it's not until the first few cuts are made that we find out if the tree is sound or rotten.
To prepare the fallen tree for milling, all the branches are removed
and the trunk is cut into sections. This trunk was 19 feet in length and so we were able to get a 10' and 9' length from it.
can weigh up to 1.5 tons.
Typically the fallen trees are always in the middle of the woodland (we’ve yet to find one that has fallen conveniently by the roadside). To avoid taking heavy machinery into the woodland, we use a chainsaw with a jig attachment for cutting the planks.
Although this affords us the flexibility to extract timber from difficult to reach areas, the process is hard work and sometimes very slow.
The above photo is of an Ash tree that fell into a river during strong winds in January 2014, click on the photo to see a video of the tree being milled.
Once cut, the planks are very heavy, but we've found an inventive way to move them that minimises the impact on the woodland floor..........
If we run out of daylight and are unable to finish milling then the boards are placed back on the trunk to protect the sawn surfaces, as can be seen in the photo below.