Planking our own timber

It was all hands on deck yesterday, as Mark, Alun, Simon and Martyn loaded more than a dozen oak trees onto the huge Hudson saw that Charles and William Vernon-Miller supplied and operated for us.

Martyn had already stripped the bark off the trunks and the timber was cut into planks and will be stored and dried for 3 or 4 years or more before it can be used in some of our houses and cottages.

We also had to use the fork lift and Martyn's crane to manhandle the timber; which was pretty weighty!

The timber will be stored under cover and raised off the ground with small chocs separating each layer - at some stage it will be turned to prevent the wood warping in one direction or the other to keep it as straight as possible.