Choosing wood products


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;


  • Rustic poles
  • Pioneering poles
  • Tipi poles
  • Peeled poles
  • Pergola poles


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.



Information when ordering

When enquiring it is important to specify the following:


  1. Quantity
  2. Length
  3. Diamter at top end
  4. Diameter at butt
  5. Bark on or peeled
  6. Species choice
  7. Straightness required
  8. Proposed use
  9. Desired life
  10. Any going into the ground
  11. Date required by
  12. Delivery address if relevant


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 may require measures to prevent decay. WoodPoint can offer advice on pre and post installation methods to improve service life.

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!


  • Scout Pioneering poles
  • Rustic pole
  • Tipi poles
  • Pergolas poles
  • Shop decoration poles
  • Jump poles
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