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Some of our English and
European oak is over two
hundred and fifty years old.

We supply english and european oak, ash, elm,
cherry, sycamore and sweet chestnut.
oak butts lined up
Wood sourcing

Round logs are individually sourced, measured and graded by Ben Sutton in the forests of Britain and Europe and then brought to Helmdon Sawmills for cutting. We grade according to three diameter classifications and four log qualities. On arrival at the mill, the different log grades are separated out and stacked together ready for sawing.

close up oak in stick tape measure calculator on top
Selection Process

We use different diameter classes for different productions. For example, our production for kitchen manufacturing is not a by-product from beam grade material, it is a high-quality log with a small diameter (40cm to 50cm) that allows us to produce a superb board 20cm to 40cm in width and 2.5m or 3m in length, ideally suited for the purpose.

wood being loaded into kiln
Drying Process

Once sawn, the wood is placed “in stick” to allow the boards to air dry. The sticks lie across the boards, creating space between each board for the wind to pass through. The packs of wood “in stick” are then stacked at the mill to air dry. For each 1” of thickness the board must air dry for approximately one year.

Final Checks

When the kilning process is finished, Ben personally inspects the wood as it is de-sticked from the kiln. The quality and the grade are re-checked and the packs bound and stored. It is a long process to get to the point where most timber merchants buy their wood. But it is imperative that we go through this process taking great care every step of the way in order to achieve the highest quality of board for our customers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to supply a dependable and reliable service focussing on high quality and sustainable products.

Highest grade english oak now ready for collection