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Oak: fine timber in 100 years

    Download this review in PDF of Oak: fine timber in 100 years, Size: 282 Kb   OAK: FINE TIMBER IN 100 YEARS We are particularly pleased to announce the launch of a ground breaking French book on Oak silviculture, translated by Bede Howell, which has been mainly funded by Woodland Heritage and published...

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Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A b…

    Download this review in PDF of Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A brief introduction, Size: 163 Kb   CONTINUOUS COVER MANAGEMENT OF WOODLANDS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION BY RODNEY HELLIWELL (AUTHOR & PUBLISHER) SPONSORED BY WOODLAND HERITAGE Rodney Helliwell's latest small book is a very clear and practical explanation of continuous cover management. In fact, short of going in...

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The British Oak by Archie Miles

    Download this review in PDF of The British Oak, Size: 85 Kb   THE BRITISH OAK BY ARCHIE MILES Woodland Heritage is proud to support this stunning 'Oak' book by Archie Miles Published by Constable & Robinson Ltd on 10 Oct 2013 £35.00 A major new work celebrating the Oak tree in Britain – exploring the history, culture...

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Woodsman by Ben Law

      Download this review in PDF of Woodsman, Size: 118 Kb WOODSMAN BY BEN LAW Living in a Wood in the 21st Century Published by Collins on 28 Mar 2013 £14.99 “Ben Law’s house is my favourite Grand Design” Kevin McCloud Ben Law has lived as a woodsman in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years...

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The Silviculture of Trees used in British For…

      Download this review in PDF of The Silviculture of Trees used in British Forestry, 2nd Edition, Size: 100 Kb This handbook provides a detailed guide to the biological suitability to different sites and soils for all important native trees and the most extensively used exotics. British woodlands and forests are often...

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Ben Law's 'Roundwood Timber Framing'

      Download this review in PDF of Roundwood Timber Framing, Size: 55 Kb East Meon in Hampshire provided an appropriate venue to celebrate both building with roundwood timber and the launch of Ben Law’s new book - Roundwood Timber Framing.East Meon features some of England’s oldest standing timber-framed buildings some of which...

11-08-2010 Hits:3858 Book Reviews

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Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory

    Download PDF review of Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory, Size: 45.35 Kb Woodland Owners, Managers, Environmental Conservators and Naturalists will be delighted to discover that Oxford University Press has recently published a book on Wytham Woods written by Oxford University staff and other associated researchers. The contents of this book...

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Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

This book is the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It has been written with a broad readership in mind. It is aimed both at existing Windsor chairmakers and also at those who are perhaps contemplating making their first chair. Detailed...

02-03-2009 Hits:2720 Book Reviews

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"The Art of Ian Norbury"

Book Review "The Art of Ian Norbury" Foreword by Simon Channing-Williams Ian Norbury was introduced to me when I was looking for someone to do some carvings of birds for a film I was producing. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meeting, shared a glass or two of wine and Ian lit a pipe. It’s been like that...

31-01-2008 Hits:2802 Book Reviews

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"Remarkable Trees of the World"

Dr Tim Cutler reviews our choice of book - and tells us about his beloved Physic Garden In 1996 Thomas Pakenham enthralled us with his "Meetings with Remarkable Trees". This was a new kind of book which owed little to conventional botany. The criteria for selection and inclusion of the trees...

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"The Red Squirrel - Redressing The Wrong…

The Red SquirrelRedressing The Wrong By Charles Dutton MICFor The red squirrel was once common in all wooded areas of Britain and Ireland. I can recall a time when seeing them scurrying among the trees on my farm in Co Meath was an almost everyday occurrence. It is now however fifteen years...

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Making the Grade by Ivor Davies & Guy Wat…

MAKING THE GRADE A guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber Authors: Ivor Davies & Guy Watt I am proud to be part of the UK forest industry. Sitting on my desk is the new hardwood appearance-grading guide, which compares more than favourably with the equivalent French and American guides and considering the size of their resource...

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"Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland…

Book Review by Peter Savill CHAMPION TREES OF BRITAIN & IRELAND Owen Johnson (editor). Champion trees of Britain and Ireland. Whittet Books Ltd, Hill Farm, Stonham Rd, Cotton, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4RQ. 2003. Pp 192. 30 x21 cm. ISBN 1-873580-61-4. Price £25, or £17.50 (excluding postage) to Woodland Heritage members. This book lists historic, large, rare and remarkable trees...

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Making the Grade by Ivor Davies & Guy Watt

MAKING THE GRADE

A guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber
Authors: Ivor Davies & Guy Watt

I am proud to be part of the UK forest industry. Sitting on my desk is the new hardwood appearance-grading guide, which compares more than favourably with the equivalent French and American guides and considering the size of their resource it really is a major achievement.

It seems years since Ivor Davies and Guy Watt shared some of their research on this project and I know there have been difficulties on the way. Congratulations on seeing it through to publication and well done to the eight supporting organisations, I am only sorry not to see the UK Forest Products Association on the list.

The guide starts with a simple introduction followed by an explanation in table form of the appearance grading system used under the heading ‘Grading Criteria’. This is where attempts at grading in the past have so often failed, to understand what all the different features in hardwood look like – you really need to see them and feel them if you like. They have tried to get over the complex variety of features by creating ‘Optional Sub-grades’ and then there is a long list of notes to help you understand each feature. All this leaves us with a grading system that still requires interpretation between specifier and user/buyer.

To me the greatest strength of this grading guide is in the colour photographic example of each grade by species. Over the years there have been many attempts at this, but the printed examples in this guide are outstanding. The way they have brought in the special features in Oak is an example of the care taken. These features are so important for the market place today.

There are five very useful appendices –

  1. The comparison with European and British standards
  2. Measurement of sawn hardwood timber, including permitted tolerances and a guide to wastage factors
  3. An extensive glossary which includes diagrams of the types of log conversion, tables on movement characteristics and a durability classification
  4. Two tables setting out the properties and uses of UK hardwoods
  5. Last, but by no means least, a Specifiers and Buyers check list.

The guide concludes with a set of references, a bibliography and a source of further information.

With the decline of hardwood saw milling in the UK there has been a considerable loss of knowledge and skill in the whole realm of hardwood conversion and drying. The new small-scale producers, many of them coming into business through the support of woodland initiatives, will find this guide invaluable.

This guide should be in every architect’s and interior designer’s library and on the desk of every UK hardwood producer.

Copies of this guide are available free of charge from: Forestry Commission Publications Tel: 0870 121 4180. It is also available as a PDF file which can be downloaded from: www.forestry.gov.uk/hardwoods

Review by Roger G Venables

Elm table with spalted timber used for the drawer front (Woodschool Ltd)

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