:Prototyping continues. Got the shapes down now in the pine, ready to take it to oak. The end grain of the european oak looks beautiful in the glued cubes. Think I’m going to have to do a end grain project in the near future. Next step is to streamline the lamination process, to clumsy and time consuming doing each one individually with g clamps!…..“


“Spent a good few hours chainsawing up the giant slabs today into bowl blanks. Wasn’t sure what i was going to get due to all the voids, and spaces in the timber, but ended up with a really good yield. 5 or 6 really big 12 inch plus blanks, and a heap of mailer bits. Grain is unreal, swirly, puppy, and the most intense colour. Going to get these roughed out as soon as possible, hopefully ready to finish by summer!…..”


“I love following leads, and stumbling across truly unique sources for stunning material. Based on a beautiful, ancient little farmstead on the border of devon and cornwall, Fran (the sawyer) and i battled with a huge chunk of cork oak, to get it slabbed up. Too short to be easily laid on the mill, and too wide to take single passes, we heaved, sawed, levered, and swore at this giant chunk to get some really unique slabs. Cork oak is a protected species, and rarely comes available for timber use, let alone in this sort of size. Also available was a small selection of perfectly air dried timber in a barn loft, up ancient steps, so old the beams were hand hewn. Also got some of the most beautiful brown, streaky oak i have ever seen, which will be featured soon!…..”


“The beginning of a new slab table.These two sycamore slabs are book matched but for one slab I think. Stunning grain, with wonderful rippling around the crotch. Squared up the board with the jigsaw. The edges will be going towards my live edge tea light holders. Cant wait to get going on this table, will be a stunner. Anyone need a table ?”


“A recent batch of brown oak, From a rotten fallen tree on the border of cornwall and devon, the sawyer took a chance and took a few passes around the rotten trunk, and hit the jackpot. Beautiful grain, The darkest oak I’ve come across. Perfectly air dried in an ancient barn attic for nearly a decade, now to be set for serving boards, and hopefully another few decades of use and appreciation…..”