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Timber Trusses

Some Family Team Members

Interesting Timbers has been a family owned and operated business for 34 years. When you visit or contact Interesting Timbers you will always meet or talk to us, David, Catherine, Emily (the family behind Interesting Timbers) and we will be happy to help you with your enquiry or assist in the selection of timber, supported by other members of our yard team (photographs of team members appear on various pages of our website) Catherine's links to sawmilling can be traced back to 1884.

David - Partner

David in 1995

Catherine - Partner

Emily - technology advisor

David: Partner

David in 1995

Catherine: Partner

Emily:Tech & Woodturning

Our Timber

We have always been keen to prevent the decline in British Woodlands by promoting the use of locally grown timber as this is a more sustainable resource and this is why we have resisted the trend to source our timber across Europe and the World.

Interesting Timbers is a traditional sawmill, we have continued to buy trees locally brought into us by local farmers, land owners, local woodland owners, tree surgeons and larger garden owners etc.

The majority of the trees we cut and plank find their way to our yard without us searching them out.

For over 34 years our clients have asked us to select timber to their specification, for delivery or collection by appointment without visiting us. We are happy to select your timber for your project for you and currently this is the only way we can operate safely.

COVID-19 Before COVID-19 we welcomed visitors by appointment, we no longer offer appointments to self-select timber.

We are now operating for timber ordered in advance, selected by us for your projects for parcel and pallet delivery or collection by special arrangement for local trade's people.

...Our team is working to select & supply your timber and bespoke timber items...

In line with our Health and Safety Policy and Safe System of Work, members of the public can no longer enter our yard; this is for your protection as well as ours. Currently we are thinking that it is likely that we will continue with these restrictions until a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is found.  Working safely

      

Big Slabs produced from very large Trees

Our very large single piece slabs which are not part of what we describe as our ‘general timber stock’ are produced from very large trees. We cut and dry them from this scarce resource and when these ancient trees are no longer viable in their standing location we are often involved from before a tree is felled, through to loading on the timber lorry, sawing it into boards and eventually drying it and preparing it for use by furniture makers, craftspeople, designers, artists, home improvers, builders and architects. Occasionally there is a story to go with our larger special trees and we try to pass these details on to the end user of the timber.

Due to data protection legislation we are unable to supply details of where we acquire our trees.

"...We always aim to match our timber to our clients' individual requirements as quality means doing it right when no one is looking..."

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Family History

A few years ago we were delighted when a family member researching the family history came across these photographs of Catherine’s Great Grandfather taken whilst sawmilling with his traction engine and team (the first traction engine to be bought at the county show) An extract from his 1922 Obituary, published in the local newspaper, shows that our values are a continuation of his, we may not use steam engines anymore but we continue to do all that we can to ensure that we provide the best customer service that we can.

Family sawmill photograph,Traction Engine at work 1884Family sawmill photograph,Long Bench Saw  

Great Grandfather "…was of a kindly disposition, he was always ready to help in everything for the benefit of the local institutions, ploughing and shearing societies’, bell ringing etc. alike found in him a ready friend. In 1884 he bought a traction engine from the Royal Show, thought to be the first engine in the County. When the traction engine was still a thing to wonder at, he was often seen running in front of it with the red flag, thus relieving the tired flagman. No job was too difficult for him to undertake and many almost impossible difficulties were overcome by him, his engine and his gang. His men, it may be said, loved him, and esteemed him for his thoughtfulness and consideration for them. So ended the earthly career of one of nature’s most kind, humble and generous gentleman…”

He certainly would agree that …Quality means doing it right when no one is looking...'

Extract from the local paper, Great Grandfather's 1922 Obituary