Milling local timber

The majority of the timber that I have or use is timber that I’ve milled myself using my mobile sawmill. Usually I become aware of a potential log through a random phone call or email, oftentimes after a storm or in the following months.

Daniel's mobile sawmill
milling timber

My mill only gets used a handful of days a year so I rely on a few simple hand tools to manipulate the log. Large logs over 800mm may have to be chainsaw milled before they will fit on my bandsaw mill. 

A tree may be milled up appropriately for a specific project, or alternatively milled into a selection of sizes so that the drying process can get underway before a final design is commissioned.

Milled timber is carefully stacked to be air dried for 1 to 5 years. Once air dry and I have a project lined up for the boards, they are moved to my workshop where I have a drying room. The boards are stacked once more and will be gradually dried over a period of around 2 to 8 weeks to a moisture content suitable for use in a modern house, around 8% moisture.

air drying copper beech
Daniel Lacey

Choosing timber for your project

Following our initial discussion about your bespoke commission, I will usually guide you through what timber stocks I have that are suitable for your project and show you samples or boards. As part of a commission, you're welcome to come and have a rummage too. 

Commission bespoke furniture

This process of using local timber takes a lot of time, experience, hard work and above all space.  It certainly isn’t a cost saving measure but I can’t imagine not doing it and I think the results speak for themselves.

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