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VACANCIES: Timber Machinist/Timber Selector

Become a key member of our timber team working with high quality
timber for furniture designers and makers, joiners and carpenters,
timber framers, building companies and timber merchants.
Based in glorious Cocking, West Sussex in the South Downs National

Key Tasks;

To work flexibly and safely in the various timber yard environment depending on operation need.
• To work with the Operations Manager to process and produce
customer orders.
• To be able to work flexibly and safely in the various timber mill
environments;woodshed, workshop, outdoor yard
• To assist customers with the selection of timber and to produce
the accompanying paperwork
• To learn and implement stock transaction processes.
• To build and maintain customer relationships in line with our
company sales strategy

Skill we are looking for;
• Knowledge and experience of timber, hardwoods ideally
• Woodworking machinery experience, edges and moulders
• C1 Driving License for 8.5t lorry desirable but not essential
• Counterbalance Forklift training & certificate
• Computer literacy desirable
• Good with people

Salary: negotiable
If you would like to apply please send your CV & a letter telling us
about you and why you are right for this role to:
For more information call Ian on 01730 816941
Deadline for application: 5pm Wednesday 17th April 2019

Oak – Beyond Prime there is Super Prime

Super Prime is a term that indicates a grade ‘above’ Prime.

In truth, technically Super Prime hasn’t been documented or normalised as a timber grade in the UK and isn’t a scientifically recognised term. It’s a description we use of a grade that goes above and beyond normal Prime Oak timber qualities and requirements.

What to expect:

Super Prime is a selection of the most pristine, most clear and evenly honey coloured, usually Eastern European, Prime Oak you will ever see. I think we’ve called it ‘relentlessly clean’ before and that about sums it up.

Knots aren’t strictly excluded but if you see one it’ll be small and only visible on one face. The other face will undoubtedly be clear. In Super Prime Oak there will not be a lot of grain pattern. There will not be a lot of variation of anything. No dark colouring, bark pockets, wild grain, splits, cracks or shakes. A higher proportion of Quarter Sawn boards. There may be a lot of very flat, very straight boards.

Suggested uses:

If you have a large run of Oak doors and you need them all to look and behave the same, use Super Prime. A quiet, understated solid wood for an interior surface use Super Prime. Simple elegance with embodied strength and durability for a feature staircase use Super Prime.

Although it’s a little hard for us to admit,  Super Prime Oak has superior qualities that cannot be replicated by other grades or timber species. For this we are grateful as it is a pleasure to work with, a pleasure to select from and a thrill to see it in situ in a customer project.

Our Stocks:

Our packs are stocked in thicknesses of 27, 32, 40, 50, 65, 80 and 100mm. They are usually mixed width and mixed length but this is dependent on stocks at the time of enquiry! Boards can be self-selected both individually or in bulk.

Burr Oak – Tree to board to….tree?!

Burr Oak always offers an abundance of extravagant swirls and cats paw clusters of small pin knots. Our latest batch of Burr Oak has an even more unique feature… They look like a tree! When the doors of our most recent kiln opened we uncovered an abundance of Pippy Oak Boules. Below is our favourite boards from the kiln!

Burr Oak

These striking boards of English Oak feature clusters of heavy pip which have dramatically altered the shape and profile of the wood. The unique outline of the boards here evoke the tall silhouettes of a group of Cypress trees, trees within trees.

Burr Oak

A full boule of Burr Oak


We have even given one of these boards the Hillgrove Timber treatment, here is a sneak peak straight from our new planer/ sander!!

Talk about Tannin


OR How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tannin.


There aren’t many certainties in this life but the presence of Tannin in Oak and Chestnut is definitely one of them.

Both of these popular timber species have high levels of Tannic acid (it’s actually Quertannic acid but let’s call it Tannin for short). In fact, most tree and plant species contain tannin in varying levels and strengths. We’re mostly concerned with Oak and Chestnut because these two beloved timber species have high levels of tannin and we use them for just about everything. (more…)

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