Railway sleepers Were originally used in the construction of the nation’s railway network. Reclaimed sleepers were obtained when railway lines were upgraded or renovated. However there are a wide range of different types of reclaimed, new hardwood and softwood sleepers available, and these can be purchased direct from the Ashwell Timber yard in [...]
Monkey's Need Structure! We were approached by Tracey Lee; Team Leader for the ‘Mammal South’ section at London Zoo, who informed us ZSL (Zoological Society of London), had decided to create an enclosure for their three new Hanuman Langur monkeys. These leaf eating monkeys are an Asian species, which can be found in [...]
A Well-Travelled Timber! We recently visited Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. As many people before us, we were blown away by the size of the Giant Sequoias, once considered the largest living thing on earth. They can reach 164 to 279 feet high and 20 to [...]
I'd like to introduce our newest member of the team; seen below with his work colleague, Mathew Wells. Craig Benton is a wood enthusiast with excellent forklift driving skills. He's quickly settling in and getting to know our beautiful, unusual stock. Comment of the week - 'when you put the wood through the planer it's [...]
The latest arrivals in the yard are these humongous greenheart piles, they seem to go on forever! The longest length is 18.8m or 62ft. The yard smells of the sea again; especially when it rains.
We have a small quantity of these gorgeous solid oak table and bench sets. Built to last with a simple, but very appealing, design. Treat with Danish Oil annually and they should outlast any other garden furniture. Alternatively, you could have them indoors as a dining set. We only have 10 sets left and are [...]
Look what you can do with a Keel Block made from English Oak! It has been made finger friendly for the London Borough of Enfield to take pride and place in one of there many playing areas. The Blocks were originally keel blocks in Chatham Royal Docks where they were used to support 1000 ton [...]
Remember the beautiful sequoia we had the privilege of taking in. This is it sliced and sticked ready for a long rest in our yard. It will be ready for use in approximately a year.
To my delight this gorgeous redwood was brought into the yard recently. Having just featured this timber on our blog page it was a thrill to have the opportunity to work with it. It is 1.5m wide at the base and approximately 6m long. It will now be planked and giving plenty of time to [...]