Pine regeneration after manual thinning

7.5 metre Tipi poles
Micro ArbTruck coping with rough ground

Hand carved stepping stones in Chestnut

A load of mixed size rustic poles ready for delivery
8.2m & 3.5m Tipi poles
7.5m Tipi poles sets on the road
Peeled & sanded pioneering poles heading for the Scouts
Fordson Major and Cundey Peeler

The Cundey Peeler

The Cundey is a fantastic example of that good old solid British engineering that has its roots back in the mining industry. Designed  & built by Arthur Cundey of Alfreton in Derbyshire in the middle of last century, this rugged machine was used to peel the bark off pit props. As the post war conifer plantings came to thinning age in the 1960's it was soon realised that the Cundey was ideal for peeling the bark off any softwood rustic pole from 2" to 9" in diameter.

Oliver says "back in the 80s & 90s we peeled millions of tree stakes, fencing stakes and rails with the Cundeys. Whether powered by Petter 20 hp deisel, electric or tractor-mounted, these hard wearing cheap to run machines could not be bettered. In fact for forest use or in small low overhead production units there is still nothing on the market that removes the bark as cleanly and with such simple low cost engineering. 


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Treatment for External Use in Ground contact

Tanalised timber has become a generic term but is actually the trade name specific to a particular brand of chemical. It was originally based on a very effective combination of the three nasty chemicals Copper, Chrome and Arsenic. These ended up chemically bonded to the lignin component of wood and would not leach out. Fungus or bugs trying to digest the timber were very effectively killed and research tests were able to prove that some softwoods like Pine could be protected for over 30 years with these CCA preservatives.


This has changed and evolved a lot during the last few decades with the EC banning the CCA combination and new substitutes appearing. Iit is now a complex area with many different options and outcomes in terms of product service life. The important thing to know is that three things are imperative to the effectiveness of any timber preservation.


  • Dryness of the wood (moisture content of less than 30% is required)
  • Species of timber
  • Type of preservative and treatment cycle


In recent years there has been much publicity and increasing anecdotal evidence that the new generation of CCA substitutes are not as effective. For critical service life needs advice should be sought



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