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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

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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

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Air Dried Boules

See our Boules 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 boules stock in as many species as we can and as many thicknesses as we can but we can also cut and source to order for specific requirements.

Click on the image below to download a pdf on our 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

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Your Vote Counts at the TTJ Awards 2019

The folks at Timber Trades Journal go all out audacious to make Your Vote Count at the 2019 TTJ Awards!

 

 

Voting is power. This week of all weeks that message is being brought home to us. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to contribute, to be responsible. It’s the power to change something and it’s yours. What happens when you vote? People hear you, they listen, they respond.

 

For the first time ever in a truly audacious move the Timber Trades Journal are handing over power to YOU, the buyers of timber, the workers of wood, the ones who really know what’s what, by simply enabling online voting in this year’s Timber Industry Awards.

 

the TTJ awards 2019 logo

You probably haven’t come across them before because you’re busy creating things with wood and running around making your business work but the TTJ is an industry journal and the TTJ Awards are a moment in the calendar when the timber industry celebrates the year’s movers and shakers, the great and the good, the big and the small, the upstanding and the outstanding.

It’s an acknowledgement of innovation, of creativity, of exemplary business practice and the downright hard work all going on behind the scenes to develop our UK timber industry.

 

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Burr Oak – Tree to board to….tree?!

Burr Oak always offers an abundance of extravagant swirls and cats paw clusters of small pin knots. Our latest batch of Burr Oak has an even more unique feature… They look like a tree! When the doors of our most recent kiln opened we uncovered an abundance of Pippy Oak Boules. Below is our favourite boards from the kiln!

Burr Oak

These striking boards of English Oak feature clusters of heavy pip which have dramatically altered the shape and profile of the wood. The unique outline of the boards here evoke the tall silhouettes of a group of Cypress trees, trees within trees.

Burr Oak

A full boule of Burr Oak

 

We have even given one of these boards the Hillgrove Timber treatment, here is a sneak peak straight from our new planer/ sander!!

Illustrating a Timber Story

 

Growing up in and around the woodlands and woodyards of South East England we felt young illustrator Thomas WH Compton was well placed to turn his creative skills to our timber story.

 

Designed to illustrate the processes, skills and people involved in bringing beautiful wood to market, this print series was Thomas’s response to our brief and we’re really pleased with the results. The story of our British timber, from tree selection out in the forests to sawmilling, drying, cataloging and tagging each individual board so that British woodworkers can source great homegrown timber is told here in these super illustrations.

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