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Woodworker07/09/2007 12:54:00
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I'm thinking of adding a page to the site that lists the most recommended places to buy timber. Buying hardwoods is often tricky, especially if you want a good choice and you want to know the timber is from sustainable sources. If you can recommend any good sources then post a message below. If we can get a good list together here I'll use the info to create a new section on the site for the benefit of all. So first off, if you're based around Kent I can recommend: Morgan Timber, Knight Road, Rochester, Kent, England, ME2 2BA Tel : 01634 290909 Fax: 01634 290800 e-mail : They have a large range of seasoned hardwood and board material. Timberline, Unit 7, Munday Industrial Estate, 58-66 Morley Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1RP. Tel: (01732) 355-626 Fax: (01732) 358-214 Email: Excellent choice of hardwoods from all of the world. You won't find much locally sourced timber here!
Mike Riley11/09/2007 21:00:00
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My locals ( even though theyre not that local...)

Yandle & Sons Ltd
Hurst Works
England. TA12 6JU

01935 822 207
GPS: N50.96461° W2.77475° 


Devon Hardwoods Ltd

Dotton, Colaton Raleigh


EX10 0JY
Telephone: +44 (0) 1395 568991
Fax: +44 (0) 1395 567881

Big Al15/09/2007 15:52:00
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My favourite place is Oscar Windebank & Son Ltd The Bassetts, Box, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 8ER Tel: 01225 742929 They are good for american and european timbers, and are very reasonable, but do not offer a machining service. All timber is sold by the cubic foot, and prices do not include vat. Only open monday to friday.
Paul Sellers15/09/2007 21:32:00
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It really is a problem to find a supplier for hardwoods of any type in different parts of the country, especially if you are slighlty off the beaten path. The problem may then be compounded further when the lumber company asks how much you want because quantity matters. If you want to buy a metre or two for say an end table or such, then the price for so small a quantity can become prohibitive. I recently imported my own figured maple from the US for a rocking chair I am working on. It was worth it because of the stunning figuring I got, but not every piece I make can stand a £500 price tag for wood alone. (Not many customers give you a blank cheque to fill in the amount you want.) Anyway, can I suggest that if anyone knows that a company delivers to a certain region once a week or month that this also be somehow included and also those companies that are willing supply small amounts by delivery. Having said all of this this may be a localized problem to my area of North wales and not a problem for everyone else. if so, let's forget it.
Colin Carlson24/09/2007 07:42:00
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If you either live in south wales or are prepared to travel here our timber supplier is The Wentwood Timber centre. It is a joint venture between Monmouthshire County Council and Coed Cymru (the Welsh Forrestry Commission). All their wood is from sustainable sources and is F.S.C. approved.

You can buy anything from 1 plank to a lorry load and the price per cubic foot is the same. They stock most of the standard british hardwoods.

Their address is: -

The Wentwood Timber Centre, Llanvaches, South Wales, NP26 3AZ tel: 01633 400720 or take a look at

I make all my toys from their wood.

Paul Sellers27/09/2007 18:28:00
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Thanks for the information. I would like to amke a trip there to see if there is an article in it. I write for different magazines and like this sort of venture. Also, I ike the dea of buying locally harvested hardwoods. I use quite a lot in my classes so a new source of thgis type in the new year may be good. Paul Sellers
Steve Jones27/09/2007 21:33:00
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Any one living in the Merseyside area might try Ambrose McGrath,don't know the address off hand. It's in the phone book though.
Simon Madgwick01/11/2007 08:36:00
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I have found this website to buy hardwoods and softwoods on-line deliverd to your door.

You pay buy card and they phone you when they can deliver

The delivery is all over the UK

The web is

Glynne Roberts06/11/2007 17:54:00
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Steve Ambrose McGrath is at 6 Fulton St, Liverpool - down by the docks. More of a warehouse than a sawmill but they will machine timber for you. They do have a web site but it is not the easiest to find - hence no url! 200 miles away John Boddy at Boroughbridge is really good for planks and turning / carving blanks. They have a huge store of pre-cut wood and will also machine any special requirements for you. Give yourself plenty of time because you can spend hours there. Timber is rerasonably priced, tools and accessories are a bit pricey. Yandles is good (above) but Good Timber (Northampton) has gone incredibly pricey so unless they have a sale on, I would give it a miss. Icknield Park (Bury St Edmonds) used to have wood sales of green timber at really low prices. Not sure if they still do but check out the national Trust. Guess who travels a lot with work? Have to keep a low profile at the moment because the boss just discovered my conditioning store - otherwise known as under the bed.
Big Al06/11/2007 19:30:00
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Thats interesting about good timber. I have used them a few times, but not for a few years as I found the quality of their timber went significantly down hill, and as they moved more to the DIY sector of the market. With regards to yandles, I only use them for exotics as they are way too expensive for more common hardwoods, such as american oak, american ash, sapele, etc..
Paul Sellers06/11/2007 19:47:00
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I need to buy oak on a regular basis for some of my classes in 2008, but do not really need large quantities. Do any of you know of a supplier within 100 miles of North Wales who have reasonably fair prices? Prices quoted here vary greatly. I have been quoted as low as £31 per cubic foot but the quality was questionable. On the other hand a local company here wanted £203 per cubic foot which is outrageous even for prime stuff. I need relatively clear wood on a regular basis. Thanks, Paul Sellers
Glynne Roberts07/11/2007 09:45:00
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Try ringing Ambrose McGrath (above). I only called in the once but they had a good supply of American white oak and were happy to do any quantities from bulk to enough for a small project. Most of the suppliers seem to be in the South or South East but you could try: - Welsh Timber Forum ( Dean Oak Co-operative Woodlots Or, as opposed to searching for timber, try sawmills or mobile sawmillers? Would like to say that these were all my ideas but they came from a new quarterly wood magazine.
Paul Sellers07/11/2007 10:08:00
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Thanks Glynne, I'll try that. I also want to use some Welsh-grown oak for the smaller projects in my Discovering Woodworking[ class in February so I will also try the Welsh Timber Forum too. I appreciate your suggestions. Paul Sellers
Olly Parry-Jones24/11/2007 20:11:00
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Interesting Timbers (Emborough, near Bath)

 Very friendly, very small company specialising in a wide variety of (mostly) English-grown hardwoods with a very friendly, helpful service and decent prices to match. I'd reccomend them to anyone.

Paul Sellers24/11/2007 22:34:00
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Thanks for your input. Still haven't found any real suppliers for my needs here in North Wales. There is an organization called Coed Cymru that is trying to establish the better management of woodlands and responsible harvesting of native woods, but haven't had any response to my emails and such. I called them and a helpful man there said he'd get me something in the post but all to no avail. If anyone can help I'd be grateful. I have had good contact with Boddy's in Yorkshire but would that they were nearer here so I could pick my wood. Paul Sellers

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