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Archive: April 2023

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...

A hat trick of awards for Vastern Timber

March 6, 2023

Normally, we let the quality of our timber products and our promotion of local woodlands speak for itself. But just this once, we’re going to toot our horn, fly our flag and bang our metaphorical drum.  Why? Because we’re celebrating winning not one, not two, but three national awards. And, as you can tell, we’re pretty chuffed....

MD, Tom Barnes, brings home the Confor Changing Attitudes Award

March 1, 2023

We’re delighted that Tom Barnes, our MD, has been presented with the Confor Changing Attitudes Award. This award recognises an individual, business or organisation that’s promoting the forestry and wood sector in a positive, impactful way.  Tom was presented with the award by Trudy Harrison MP, the Minster for Natural Environment and...

We’re in the final for the ASBP Product of the Year Award

February 8, 2023

The Alliance of Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) has put Brimstone on the list of finalists for Product of the Year 2023. We’re delighted to have reached the final for an award by the Alliance of Sustainable Building Products (ASBP). Our thermally modified wood, which is grown and manufactured in the UK, has been recognised in th...

Seven success stories from our 1% Woodland Tax funding in 2022.

December 22, 2022

In 2022, we decided to donate at least 1% of our turnover to support people and projects that are helping our local woodlands. We called it the 1% Woodland Tax. Over the course of the year, we’ve had the pleasure of supporting a whole collection of projects. All very different, but all with the same aim: to improve local woodlands an...

Grown in Britain Techscope AI project

December 20, 2022

What’s the potential for remote sensing and artificial intelligence to help woodland management and creation?   A new project from Grown in Britain sets out to find the answers. We asked Dougal Driver and the team working on this ‘GiB Techscope AI’ project to tell us more.  GiB Techscope AI Project The ultimate aim of this w...

Brimstone wins Build It award for ‘best cladding’

November 30, 2022

We’re delighted to announce that Brimstone Cladding won the Build It Magazine award for ‘Best Cladding Product’ in November 2022.  The Build It Award was presented at a glitzy event in central London, hosted by comedian and writer Mark Steel. Presenting the award for 'Best Cladding', he said "our winner is durable and versatile...

The big reveal: we explain the annual gamble of sawing oak logs

November 10, 2022

After a year of accumulating an impressive stack of oak ‘butts’ (no sniggering), the saws are sharp, the weather has cooled and we’re ready to start sawing some absolutely amazing oak logs. This is one of our favourite times of the year, but the sawing season can also be a bit of a lottery. Because, as Forrest Gump said: “y...

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