There is more than just Oak – and then there’s Beech !

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There is more than just Oak – and then there’s Beech !

2019-11-18T11:09:24+00:00November 7th, 2019|0 Comments

And then there’s Beech !

Oak, Oak and more Oak, and without doubt this will continue, especially where durability is required. But what about using alternatives for use inside? Sycamore, a very white species is a beautiful timber, or Ash, currently being felled to fight Ash Die Back, but amongst the trees being felled is some very useable timber. We have just bought some from woods a few miles away. It has milled very well, and then there’s Beech…..

Widely grown on the South Downs National Park and in the Chilterns. A straight, promonent tree, which can be very white, occasionally with some colour in the heart. It is easily worked, close grain and fine texture it is non-durable, so best used for internal joinery and furniture.

We have recently undertaken a trial with the Cowdray Estate felling some of their Beech, grown a few miles from us on the South Downs. Milled into waney edged plank and kiln dried. We are now offering this into the UK market. With FSC and Grown in Britain certification, whats not to like. If this trial is succesful we will be asking Cowdray for more to be felled.

There is a good supply of Beech across the South of England, and we really should be doing something better with it than just firewood. These trees have been growing for decades if not centuries, to see them cut for firewood is wrong.

We can do better than burning, creating beautiful furniture or excellent joinery, we know that your imagination will find the best uses lets timber in a better way.

Have a look at our post about Oak here.

Please do ask our team for stock availablity – sales@wlwest.co.uk  or 01798 861611. We really want all hardwood users to start using a wider range of species more regularly. For us to source the variety of species, we need an interest in using them.

About the Author:

As part of the West family I grew up with the timber industry around me. Leaving school I decided to get a communication engineering qualification, and joined Post Office Telephones latterly becoming BT. After 26 great years in the communications industry, I joined the family business in 2000 as General Manager. My knowledge of timber quickly grew, and I am now Joint MD of the company, with varied responsibilities. One of my favourite being purchasing round timber both in the UK and Europe.