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The story of our Boules

Our sticking team is busy in the yard putting together some gorgeous fresh sawn T&T boules, all sourced from sustainable managed British woodlands.

The story of our Boules

We’ve got air dried Oak, Elm (both pippy!) Chestnut, Ash, Cedar of Lebanon, Yew, Sycamore, Plane & Beech jumping the queue straight to the kiln & into Peter’s shed ready for use. They’re a cabinetmaker’s dream!

Our logs are carefully selected from well managed British woodlands, they are cut every autumn, winter and spring* by the best sawyer in the country (he really is!).

The story of our Boules

Then they’re sticked, measured, graded & stacked in boule for air drying in the open (for a year per inch!) until thoroughly seasoned. This is the complete log traditionally sawn ‘though & through’ (T&T) so it contains crown boards (great for wide figure) and quarter sawn boards (straight grained and stable) in the same boule.

The story of our Boules

What is a Boule anyway?

Well, ‘Making the Grade‘ says a boule is:

“A stack of timber formed from a log that is sawn longitudinally by a series of successive parallel cuts with the resultant waney-edged pieces then assembled to re-create the original form of the log”

Hmm, they’re not wrong, but whilst that statement is quite true, it really doesn’t capture the romance and soul of traditional sawmilling, boule sticking and artisan wood drying associated with producing our beautiful, flat, well-seasoned, stable, unstressed boards of waney edge timber… but we’ll let them have that one anyway shall we?

Nevertheless thank you ‘Making the Grade‘ for the definition.

What can you use them for?

Let’s see, because it’s seasoned and stored outdoors, air dried boule is appropriate to use for exterior joinery, decking, exterior furniture, cladding projects and sometimes even structural work.

After kilning the moisture content is bought down to a level good for internal use. These kiln dried boules are perfect for furniture, kitchen making, cabinet making, interior joinery & flooring. With timber it’s all about what it’s going to be used for and selecting the appropriate timber for the job.

Hopefully we’ve got that covered – Just ask us for advice!

Why use boule?

If quality and board stability are important to you, if selecting your own timber, matching grain and colour, having a wide range of available dimensions, utilising all of a board for economic use, knowing where your wood comes from, having stock on hand, supporting the British Forestry & Timber Industry, knowing that your work is unique…

we could go on!

But if all these things are important to you, then boule may be the right source of timber for you and your next project.

What are ‘provenance’ & ‘certification’?

Our stocklist holds data about our timber. We have worked hard to record all the information we think will be useful.

We hold chain of custody certificates so that we can source and supply FSC, PEFC timber. We also have certification for the new Grown in Britain licensing for all British Woodland owners, woods folk, sawmillers & wood users at all stages of the chain to be able to certify all well managed, homegrown timber.

Part of the reason this is possible is that we always record the source of a log, even down to the individual forest compartment it grew in. Provenance is always available to our customers and we’re working to make that information available to everyone.

And the nitty gritty?

Species: Ash, Beech, Chestnut, Cedar of Lebanon, Elm, Lime, Oak, Plane, Sycamore, Sequoia, Scots Pine, Walnut, Yew and there’s always more! Click here to see what’s in boules stock today.

Sizes: Boules are usually cut in 20mm to 120mm thicknesses and widths go up to 1000mm or more, lengths 6.2 or more. Click here to check the stock for more in depth detail.

Grades: Find out more about grades in Making the Grade, a great reference book for anyone interested in understanding grading of homegrown species. Download a copy from our website.

Prices: All our prices are on the website against the particular boule & reflecting it’s qualities.

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Watch a little film showing Graham & Grant sticking boules – click here

Watch a little film showing the guys using the Joulin vacuum lift – click here

As always, thanks so much for watching and until next time…

From the gang at
English Woodlands Timber & Forestry

*but not summer, it’s a bit of a harsh environment (v.low humidity & lots of direct sunlight) to lay down newly sawn logs with saturated moisture content, the timber get’s put under stress, giving off moisture too fast… not our idea of quality seasoning for quality boule.

The story of the Boules

Our sticking team is busy in the yard putting together some gorgeous fresh sawn T&T boules, all sourced from sustainable managed British woodlands.

logs waiting to be cut fresh cut waney edge boules ashboules to be sticked

We’ve got air dried Oak, Elm (both pippy!) Chestnut, Ash, Cedar of Lebanon, Scots Pine, Wellingtonia, & Yew with Sycamore, Plane & Beech jumping th e queue straight to the kiln & into Peter’s shed ready for use. They’re a cabinetmaker’s dream!

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Kiln Dried Boules

Search our Boule Stock        

The Kiln dried boule is a cabinet maker’s dream!

The complete log, sawn through & through, thoroughly seasoned in air drying (for a year per inch!) and then, when dry enough, kilned in tact, to bring down the moisture to a level appropriate for use internally.

We keep English & French in kiln dried boules stock in as many species as we can and as many thicknesses as we can.

We also cut and source to order for specific requirements.

Here’s some take away information about Boules…

Product Info BL.Boules of waney edge timber

 


WHAT NEXT?

Browse our Boule stock

For more on timber Species & Grades download  Making the Grade

For more on timber certification:  Grown in Britain, FSC & PEFC

Tell us about your project or submit your cutting list and project documents in the space below for Chris, Grant & Nick to fettle with

  • Tell us about you and what you need on the form below and we'll get back to you quickly with a price & availability on your timber. If you're unsure of some of the words we use to describe timber here's our Glossary & if you get really stuck give us a call on 01730 816941.

  • About You

  • About your project

  • Tell us what you need

  • Timber Spec.
    Dimensions
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

 

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Air Dried Boules

See our Air Dried Boule Stock         

Our English logs are sawn through & through, sticked and stacked, in boule form, in our yard for air drying (for a year per inch!) every autumn, winter and spring until dry enough to be kilned.

Until that time they are available for exterior joinery, furniture making, cladding projects and structural work.

We keep boule stock in as many species as we can, usually Ash, Oak, Chestnut, Elm, Cedar of Lebanon, Walnut & Yew as a minimum. Inthose species we keep as many thicknesses as we can to be able to supply full cutting lists for joinery and furniture making i.e. 18 – 100mm if poss.

We also offer a bespoke sourcing and sawmilling service to makers that want to season their own stock boules or have a requirement in atypical dimensions.

Click on the image below to download a pdf with more information about Boules

Product Info

Product Info BL.Boules of waney edge timber

 

GALLERY

  Tom inspecting Brian Harman's round timber lorry delivering in fresh sawn boules boules logs are cut into boules of waney edge boards left to season for a year per inch inthe yard boards being taken off the bandsaw at helmdon sawmill to make waney edge boules of english oak for Cocking sawmill the first cut of an english oak log at helmdon sawmill   


WHAT NEXT?

Browse our air dried Boule stock

For more on timber Species & Grades download  Making the Grade

For more on timber certification:  Grown in Britain, FSC & PEFC

Tell us about your project or submit your cutting list and project documents in the space below for Chris, Grant & Nick to fettle with

  • Tell us about you and what you need on the form below and we'll get back to you quickly with a price & availability on your timber. If you're unsure of some of the words we use to describe timber here's our Glossary & if you get really stuck give us a call on 01730 816941.

  • About You

  • About your project

  • Tell us what you need

  • Timber Spec.
    Dimensions
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

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Owner & MD: Tom Compton


2020 marked the 20th anniversary of Tom Compton becoming a co-owner of English Woodlands Timber Ltd.

Tom Compton portrait by Gus Farmer

Tom’s journey began cooking sausages over a campfire at his grandparents’ small patch of Sussex woodland in the late 1970s. Those happy days led to a career in forestry and landscaping that has seen huge changes in the industry, and the birth of new markets for forestry products.

“Today, there is a whole new generation of makers, artisans and architects who need sustainably sourced timber in custom sizes – and they want to buy in new, seamless, frictionless ways. It’s a renaissance for timber, it’s transforming our industry. And I love it.” (more…)

Your Vote Counts at the TTJ Awards 2020


Every year the Timber Trades Journal recognises the Good and the Great in the British timber industry with the TTJ Awards.

 

For the 2nd year running the TTJ have enabled online voting for timber buyers across the woodworking world.

That means all you hardworking joiners, furniture makers, timber framers, timber construction professionals get to vote for your bests, your faves, your go-to timber suppliers.

Our timber industry is your industry too.

Make your vote count!

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Why Vote For Us?


In the whole timber industry scheme of things English Woodlands Timber are small.

nick doing virtual timber selection with a customer via video link

We don’t have a turnover in the billions (in truth we’re £3-4m). We don’t do global imports and we don’t offer every species in every size. We focus on homegrown timber, native species and sustainable sourcing. We do our best to promote the supply chain for British forestry and support small to medium woodworking businesses.

We’re working on being LEAN, being Agile and being better.

Our work is about serving the needs of you and your customers in the most sustainable, least wasteful, most efficient way possible with the best people, the best service and the best timber we can.

VOTE FOR US NOW

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