Choosing wood products
It is often said that wood is a wonderful material and we at WoodPoint agree! In the old times craftsmen in the countryside and villages had an intimate knowledge of the varied properties of the trees and their timbers. This knowledge was applied to building, transport, agricultural and decorative works with great skill because. Later in the industrial age iron and later steel or concrete were also available but often more expensive. Today plastics, fibreglass and carbon fibre products also now compete with wood but it is still the material of choice in many applications because of its great value, strength to weight ratio and appearance.
When choosing timber type it is best to think about how it will last as well as how it looks when it is bought. What does it need to provide and for how long. Once those issues are decided perhaps consider its green credentials. How many miles has it travelled and how much energy was used to make it? Was the environment improved during its manufacture and how many jobs were created?
WoodPoint is one of a decreasing number of woodland businesses able to produce hand cut special orders from the broadleaved woodlands or conifer forests .
Due to local preferences and local terminology there can be confusion over the products variously described as follows;
These products are cut to order as part of approved thinning operation in young conifer plantations or hardwood coppices. Average order completion time is 2 week unpeeled & 3 weeks peeled.
Poles can be collected from Farnham Surrey (conifer) or Midhurst area Sussex (Chestnut).
Delivery is available to most location subject to a quote that takes into account distance, access unloading and timing.
All prices & figures shown exclude VAT which is payable @20%
Deposit of 50% payable with order and balance on collection
Order completion dates are forecast upon receipt of written confirmation (email fax or letter)
Information when ordering
When enquiring it is important to specify the following:
3. Diamter at top end
4. Diameter at butt
5. Bark on or peeled
6. Species choice
7. Sraightness required
8. Proposed use
1.Sizes shown are nominal and may vary slightly
2.Poles are natural (not machined) and may vary in straightness & finish but will be as straight as possible unless requested
3.Natural poles all have taper and this varies according to species but also from tree to tree
4.Bark will peel off after weathering
5.Poles in ground contact require application of preservative to prevent decay. The bark should be peeled off and the exposed wood dried before application of preservative.
6.Note Chestnut is a seasonally cut timber and availability reduces between June and October
7.Peeled poles will start to season as soon as the bark is removed. When felled all green timber is said to have a moisture content of 100%. This means that there is approximately as much weight in the water in a pole as the weight of the wood! Drying outside can take as little as 5 weeks in the summer or as long as 3 months in the winter and once completed the air dried poles will stabilise at approximately 30% moisture contact (by contrast kiln dried timber eg window frames are taken down to 15%). In practice an air dried pole will lose about half its weight compared with the fresh felled green weight. However, air dried poles left outside , particularly in the winter will reabsorb some water from moisture in the air or rain.
8.Peeled poles may develop various surface moulds or stains depending on the storage location, time of year and species. The best way to preserve a good clean look is to treat this with an appropriate cleaner or fungicide and once seasoning is complete protect the surface with either natural oils like boiled linseed oil, or synthetic microporous stains like Sikkens Cetol HLS plus.
9.Resin may leach out of the wood in some species during seasoning and this should be wiped away with natural oils and soap or detergent solutions.
Poles for everything!