can be highly sustainable simply because it is a renewable product.
However there are a number of issues in the selection of timber.
of the Earth do a useful guide on selection and usew of timber
products. Another good site is Forests
Forever from the Timber Trade Federation.
timber is sometimes defined as a tree that is replaced upon felling
-in other words from managed forests -this is only part of the
issue. In a world facing the impact of global warming the rate
of replacement of these forests is an issue, as is the amount
of miles the product travels before reaching its destination.
It is also important to have effective systems to audit the source
of timber -the Forestry Stewardship Council provides such a service
with FSC Certified forests.
Timber Merchants -for timber, joinery and sheet materials
Travis Perkins know that timber is an important natural resource,
and have an established timber purchasing policy which bases
their commercial activities on responsibly managed forests. Timber
Law Woodsman -as well
as building the beautiful chestnut and oak house featured on
Grand Designs, Ben offers a variety of timber products from his
coppiced woods in West Sussex.
Timber -describe themselves
as the largest sawmilling business in the country, with six sawmills
in the UK and one in Latvia. They supply sawn timber products
for construction, fencing, decking, joinery and cladding products.
Good wood guide -Friends of the Earth guide to choosing renewable
timber for DIY, home improvement, self build or construction
-volunteers centre offering demonstrations at the Amberley Working
Museum in pole-lathe and other green wood working crafts.
Ecotimber -independent company with more than
15 years' experience in sourcing and marketing FSC certified
timber from managed forests.
-the environmental voice of the timber industry -aims to promote
the environmental benefits of timber and encourage environmentally
responsible trading practices. It offers advice and information
to the Government, other organisations on how to source timber
ForestWorld -dedicated to all things related to
forestry, includes a database of 6000 forestry links, and Woods
of the World online.
Heartwoods -aim is to promote the sustainable management
and production of West Midlands woodland resources and to develop
their use in manufacturing and other industries in the region.
based timber merchant specialising in selection and supply of
British and European hardwood. Online sample ordering is available
-timber system Architecture of single components which can be
joined and separated. Screw and pin connections ensure the greatest
Mylands -John Myland Limited have specialised
in the manufacture of high quality wax polishes, paints, lacquers,
stains and shellac polishes since 1884.
-design, manufacture and erect traditional oak frame structures.
Anything from a simple traditional timber Pergola to complete
project management of housing projects.
Agency -family owned
Company, based in Kent, specialising in the development, marketing
and distribution of wood based products worldwide with an emphasis
on environmental sourcing and product development.
Oak -reclaimed oak
and other architectural salvage.
-specialist suppliers of timber stairs, balustrades, mouldings,
decking and shelving.
Shook's Directory of Forest Products -a resource for Internet information on the
forest products industry, wood science and engineering, wood
industry data sources, and wood products-based research institutions.
-period interiors -panelled rooms, mantels, doors, staircases
and furniture, created in their Somerset workshops.
Manufacturing -a bespoke
joinery business based in Kent that was featured on Grand Designs
for two timber Eco Houses in South Dulwich for owner Bill Bradley.
Ternex -established to make wooden furniture
and crafts in the 1950's by Francis Nevel, they are located on
on four acres of land on the edge of the Brocket Estate in Hertfordshire,
where they cut logs into beams, planks, and construction grade
timbers, as well as manufacture a wide range of high quality,
bespoke joinery -staircases, doors, windows, furniture and shop
Research and Development Association -(TRADA) - an internationally recognised centre
of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood
products. Online bookshop and an extensive range of information.
Victoria Woodturning - hand and copy lathe turning -staircase spindles,
newel posts, canopy support posts, bar & shopfitting components,
bed posts (Including four posters), table & stool Legs, table
lamps, candlesticks, plant stands, bowls, barley twist, reeded
& fluted items.
L. West -specialists
in the production of sawn stocks of air or kiln-dried English
and European Oak. Also hold stocks of Ash, Beech, Lime, Yew,
Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore and Elm.
for Good -trade organisation
that promotes the sustainable use of timber -some interesting
articles and information on timber.
directory of homegrown, standing, felled and sawn timbers (UK).