Some Family Team Members
Interesting Timbers has been a family owned and operated business for over 36 years. At Interesting Timbers you will always talk to us, David, Catherine and Emily (the family behind Interesting Timbers) and we will be happy to help you with your enquiry and select the timber for your project, supported by other members of our yard team (photographs of some team members appear on various pages of our website) Catherine's links to sawmilling can be traced back to 1884. As Sawmillers, craftsmen, craftswomen, designers, joiners, artists and experienced furniture makers and Oak Framed Specialists we full understand our customers requirements on all levels.
David in 1995
Emily:Tech & Woodturning
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 36 years our clients have asked us to select timber to their specification, for delivery or collection by appointment without visiting us, we select the timber for you, this keeps our costs down which means you pay less for our timber.
We operate for timber ordered in advance, selected by us for your projects for parcel and pallet delivery or collection by appointment
COVID/Flu etc.- Safe System Of Work. We work to HSE Health and Safety Policy and Safe System of Work and to meet our insurance obligations. We select the timber for you, this keeps our cost down which means you pay less for our timber.
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..."
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.
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