Inverurie Elm

Back in January I spent a couple of days up in Inverurie milling Elm with Keith Threadgall and Tom Cooper. Despite the cold weather we got some good cutting done and graded through 7 tonnes of logs. We were fortunate to be able to pick and choose from 20 plus tonnes of Elm to get a good mix of straight grain, character and burr boards. Lengths varied from 1500 to 2800mm and upto 500mm wide which we cut to our usual sizes of 32, 40 and 54mm thickness with a few boards at 60mm too.

We got the boards hauled down to the workshops at the end of february and we’ve been getting them stacked and stickered ready for air drying since then. We decided to give everything a good dose of Borax (ACS Boratreat 10p) to stop and fungal infection and sticker marks from spoiling the wood. Hopefully the Borax will deter woodworm from feasting on the fresher wood. Most of the elm has come from standing deadwood and has a much lower moisture content and less sap wood so we’re not anticipating too much trouble with wood borers…

Just need to wait a year or so before we can get this into the kiln and dry it down to 8 - 10% moisture content ready for use. Gives me plenty of time to decide what to make from it - any suggestions?

Windblown Ancient Trees

Spent a couple of days last week processing windblown trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. They blew down in the storm in 2012 and included some ancient oak and chestnut trees that were over 250 years old. The plan is to turn the wood into furniture and woodworks for an exhibition to be held at the Botanics in 2017. I'm looking forward to seeing what my fellow Scottish Furniture Makers Association members make from this beautiful wood.

Keith Threadgall from Real Wood Studios getting carried away - think he's going to need a bigger axe.

Chestnut boards

Dalkeith Country Estate Old Wood

Beautiful old oak trees in the Old Wood at Dalkeith Country Estate. Some of them are over 700 years old so you can excuse them showing their age. The trees were coppiced a few hundred years ago which explains why some of them have regrown in such knarly fashion.