Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


About Squaredy

  • Rank
    Junior Member
  • Birthday 19/11/1969

Personal Information

  • Location:
    Newport, South Wales
  • Interests
    Fishing, boating, woodwork
  • Occupation
    Timber supplier
  • Post code
    np18 2dy
  • City

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Oak has gone up a lot recently and seems to be around £5.50 per hoppus foot for the cheapest grade. And that is going to be knotty and wasteful. You might be better off trying to find Sweet Chestnut - much cheaper and cleaner, just check for ring shake. Or use Oak for the posts only and Larch or Douglas Fir for the rest.
  2. Yeah that is pretty much what I was thinking. Not sure whether to mount the winch or have it loose for flexibility. And as you say a ground anchor will be necessary for bigger logs.
  3. Oh wow that is a price. No the one we use is Axminster £200 or so.
  4. That is pretty much it. Wonder if my Dachsunds would be able to do it.....? They have a very low centre of gravity....
  5. Well it is a good idea and I have mulled over this, but it would be an expensive job to do this properly. To be honest I think I would struggle to find someone willing to do it. The professional guys would not want to get involved with old kit, and cowboys would probably make a mess of it.
  6. I have for years been wanting to get a fast tow trailer for transporting logs locally, as I am offered lots of good logs that are uneconomical to pay someone else to collect. They very rarely come up second hand and I think at £13,000 or so new this is just too much for a piece of kit I would use maybe a couple of times a month. I therefore will probably stick to a dropside Ifor Williams trailer and a winch. Has anyone got a great winch they would like to suggest for the purpose? Also methods and tips would be handy. Bear in mind this will be for good size logs, not firewood so each log will weigh half a ton or sometimes over a ton. I have for four years or so used my Transit with a crane, but this is starting to develop problems and is expensive to keep on the road, and I no longer need it for anything else so it is going. Suggestions appreciated.
  7. We use the Axminster Power Cap for milling, but I can't get your link to work so I don't know if this is the same as the one you are referring to. Can you put a photo on?
  8. Here is a pic showing the Alder cupboard doors. Worktop is Beech.
  9. It looks like the love-child of a Range Rover and a Skoda Yeti. I think the gap in the market that someone needs to exploit is for a rugged practical well designed vehicle that is a bit more back to basics. There are already countless luxury off road vehicles including Range Rover, Evoque, Disco, plus offerings from virtually every other manufacturer that exists now. No one is offering a simple rugged well built vehicle. The major purchasers of these vehicles as far as I am aware are utility companies and military. Do they really want all that style and comfort? A good chassis and power train, coupled with a practical versatile body and reasonable comfort inside. Focus on durability and reliability and repairability and it would sell to the world. But then again are Land Rover actually capable of manufacturing a reliable vehicle?
  10. Resistance to Dutch Elm Disease has recently been discussed in another thread. It seems Ulmus Lutuce is a very good choice. Have a look at this wiki article: Ulmus 'Nanguen' = Lutece - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG Are you having the old elms milled? It is usually very beautiful timber.
  11. Ah good tip re identification. I think the Scottish Elms are just a bit behind the ones further south. Many are felled each year as they succumb to the disease. A few years back I received an invitation to bid for Elm saw logs being sold by Edinburgh Council, and it was 130 trees - and that was just a single season's worth of felling I believe. So I would say enjoy them while you can
  12. We did indeed enjoy your rock thank you. Had some lovely Mackerel from just off the Needles, and some dinosaur bone fragments from Compton Bay. Couldn't go into any of the museums but still a very nice break. We did see lots of tourists, but apparently it was much less busy than normal. Didn't spoil your rock however!
  13. Well we stayed in a lovely quiet spot near the Needles (last drive on the right before the touristy stuff), but we visited a few areas of course. Best of all we were able to have a drink and a meal in a pub. Yes - IN A PUB! Us poor Welsh are not allowed to do that in Wales yet....
  14. Yeah Brighton have managed to stay free of DED so there are apparently 30,000 or more healthy mature Elms there, and I guess the majority are English and Wych Elm. Must go and take the family to do an Elm tour there....how can I sell that to my little boys....?
  15. I was on holiday on the Isle of Wight last week and I couldn't help noticing the number of Elm trees. Mainly they were just hedgerow trees, which I am quite used to, but it got me Googling, in case the Isle of Wight was a Dutch Elm Disease free area like the Isles of Scilly. It turns out Wight does indeed have the disease and has been devastated like the most of the UK, but I found some fascinating stuff about disease resistant Elms that they have been planting on the island since the mid nineties. I did not realise there are such varieties, but apparently Ulmus Lutece is not only fully resistant but also very good for the natural fauna such as the White-Letter Hairstreak butterfly. If this is true this is great news, and maybe everyone else knows about this. Why do we not plant loads of these? Maybe we do? I am not a forester so I would love some of the forestry Arbtalkers to comment. Anyone out there planting Ulmus Lutece all over the place? 5000 have been planted on the Isle of Wight and are looking promising apparently. Here is the link: Elm Trees - Gift To Nature GIFTTONATURE.ORG.UK Elm Identification: Click here for a handy guide from the lovely people at the Natural History Museum. Elms were once the characteristic mature trees across much of the Island’s... By the way I am not totally confident about my ability to identify Elms and not mix them up with Hazel - so here are a couple of pictures:


Arbtalk.co.uk is a hub for the arboriculture industry in the UK.  
If you're just starting out and you need business, equipment, tech or training support you're in the right place.  If you've done it, made it, got a van load of oily t-shirts and have decided to give something back by sharing your knowledge or wisdom,  then you're welcome too.
If you would like to contribute to making this industry more effective and safe then welcome.
Just like a living tree, it'll always be a work in progress.
Please have a look around, sign up, share and contribute the best you have.

See you inside.

The Arbtalk Team

Follow us

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.