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Archive: April 2023


English oak and sweet chestnut jointed cladding

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Quarter-sawn AA Oak for Gaze Burvill Benches

March 9, 2023

Can you remember the impressive AA logs we featured on our blog last year? After seeing the pictures of these ‘Absolutely Amazing’ logs in our newsletter, Simon Burvill, the founder of luxury garden furniture makers Gaze Burvill, put in an order. He recently returned to the sawmill, with some of his production team, to see t...

Vastern Timber joins Business Declares

June 9, 2022

Before we start, let’s be clear. We fully acknowledge the climate emergency. And recognise that we humans are the cause of it. We also understand that our business has a choice right now. We can carry on as normal and be part of the problem. Or take action and be part of the solution. Our decision is to act. And to be accounta...

Wood backstories: Oak logs from West Dean 

June 1, 2022

Where's this wood from? West Dean Estate in West Sussex. In 1086 West Dean was listed in the Domesday Book as a manor with Hunting grounds. King Edward VII was a regular visitor. More recently the house and estate was home to the poet and surrealist art patron Edward James (1907-1984).  Fortunately for us West Dean is also home ...

Future Trees Trust Supporter Day Surprise

May 30, 2022

Vastern Timber doubled its donation to the Future Trees Trust. The surprise announcement was made by MD Tom Barnes at Future Trees Trust Supporters Day, held at Vastern Timber last week. The increased support was welcomed by FTT head of research Dr Jo Clark. Dr Jo Clark welcomes the increased funding for the FTT The Future Trees...

How we turn trees into beautiful oak planks

February 3, 2022

It may be hibernation time. But at Vastern Timber, we couldn’t be further from hibernation mode. In fact, if you popped down to our sawmill right now, you’d witness a hive of activity. These cold, damp days are actually very helpful for us. When the temperature drops and the humidity increases, it’s the optimum time for sawing oa...

The timber store is a treasure trove

September 3, 2021

The Timber Store at our showroom and sawmill, near Wootton Bassett, is a treasure trove for timber lovers. It's where the 'smaller' pieces from our sawmill are on sale. The selection varies, but there's plenty to choose from, including oak, elm, yew and sequoia - and most of the timber is sourced from UK forests. Please note that items ge...

Part ten of Wood for the trees, on rewilding

August 9, 2021

Hundreds of people have liked, shared and watched the latest episode of 'Wood for the Trees,' since its release 3 days ago on youtube and vimeo. This series, about wood, trees and tree planting, is a project from film-maker Charly Le Marchant and Vastern Timber managing director Tom Barnes. Part ten looks at rewilding, and was filmed a...

Season’s greetings & Happy new saw!

December 22, 2020

Christmas came early at the Vastern Timber sawmill when the new Primultini band mill carriage saw was delivered. Safely unloading this huge machine took a little time...  (video best with sound) Come next year we’ll be cutting even faster and better than before with this fine machine. I...


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