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We have a large quantity of hardwood timber, collected by my uncle, we now wish to sell in large parcels. A bulk buyer is preferred. Can any provide any advice or contacts? We are located in Essex. Viewing is advised. I have attached a few pictures, however there is too much to list individually. Species include oak, mahogany, teak, walnut plus more

various sizes from 1inch to 2 inch thick

widths up to 10 inches

 lengths 5 foot up to approx 7 foot

ideal for wood turner

Thank you













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Also, maybe try local builders - esp heritage specialists. Might be a bit piecemeal / small scale if you want the lot gone. Have you considered local agricultural auctions - again, might be a hassle carting it to sale site and no guarantee you will get a good price or end up having to cart it back. 


Its a sorry reflection of the apparent lack of ‘value’ of timber by those that would rather the convenience of going to a builders yard on the day they need it. 

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Looks like there is some potential in some of that wood, try finding out who your local craftsmen are, there may be somebody in your area using off standard timber for bespoke designs. Whether they would take all of it or not is up to them. Best option might be to sell it either by variety or mixed by the cubic foot if No one decides to take the lot.

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That is a very mixed bag you have there with clearly some good timber, but maybe also some not so good.  It is very difficult to judge the volume from the photos but it looks way too much for say a large Transit, it looks as if it would need a flatbed lorry to remove it all.


I would forget about trying to sell it to individuals, as they will want to pick out boards that suit there need (who can blame them).  Even local joiners etc will be just a waste of your time as they would not want such a mixed lot, even for a very low price - it would take up a huge space in a workshop and take many years to use.


Timber merchants will not want it as they want specific species and sizes etc and it would not be worth paying someone to spend a week or more trying to sort it out - in any case not many people would be able to be certain about what species they all are.


I think your best bet is to either enter it as small lots in an appropriate auction or offer it to your nearest wood recycling project.


Entering it in an auction will mean spending a lot of time sorting through it and deciding what goes in each lot, and you may have to wait a while as you need an auctioneer who holds regular timber sales so you may have to wait until their next sale.  I know of such an auctioneer in my area but there may not be one near you.


Your local wood recycling project will be delighted with it and may pay a reasonable price for it.  This is by far your easiest option as they should simply come and take the lot.  You should expect to receive a low but fair price from them - maybe £150 per 3.5T van load.


If you advertise and try and deal with multiple buyers you will find it will take a very long time to shift it all as timber buyers are generally very specific and sorting through quantities of timber is very time consuming.


Good luck with the sale - please let us know what happens.

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