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  1. I've started the Larch! I know it's not particularly exciting but one does what one can in these restricted times!
  2. The problem is and I found this out once people find out you have a mill you'll be offered all sorts of deals which is how I ended up with 40 ton of Larch (2 different sites). I've got plans when we extended the barn to have a static mill that will take lengths up to 18' but due to current economic climate that little plan has been put on hold. I've had my Woodlands 3.5yrs, always kept undercover and is just beginning to show her age.
  3. When I was off over christmas and new year with a ruptured achilles tendon I started to re learn to play the fiddle/violin. Think I might continue with that now I'm past the sounding like a cat being strangled stage!
  4. That would be a no! I've had interest from local landscapers but everyone is in the same boat now. But I'm ever hopefull and given that all my booked milling jobs have been postponed, milling this lot will give something to do over the next few weeks/months of lockdown.
  5. I've got me some Larch to mill during the self isolating period!
  6. Wood dust doesn't just dissolve in the lungs it rots down first and can cause respiratory problems as well as tumors in the sinuses. The biggest culprit in recent times for this is MDF, many wood workers suffer from cancer of the sinuses and throat. I have my sinuses checked every 5 years, it does involve having a camera passed through them to the back of the throat but a little discomfort is worth the reassurance that all is well. It's for these reasons I made and posted the list, I've worked for 40yrs in the wood trade, started long before ppe was the norm.
  7. I served a four year apprenticeship in furniture restoration, ran a restoration and french polishing business for 30yrs and my advice for anyone thinking of taking it up as a new venture is DON'T BOTHER. It's not for the amateur, fine repairing modern furniture but when you get to the high end antiques with old veneers and marquetry then you're into a whole new ball game and a world of pain and stress if/when it goes t*ts up. Then there's the finishes,different finishes were used for various timbers and uses. Use the incorrect finish on an antique and you'll ruin its value at the stroke of a brush. Then there's french polishing which is a skill in itself to get it right. I could go on but I think you get the idea. A lot of my work involved dealing with pieces that others had had their fingers in, repairing someones c**kup before starting the repair is a costly business. You may be very good at it but unless you are absolutely sure and confident that you can take on the challenges that restoration will throw at you I suggest you stick to what you know and are good at. p.s. The guy on Salvage Hunters is a t**t, there's no way he can spend the amount of time he reckons he spends on a piece and charge what he does and don't get me started on his workmanship and way of doing things. My wife has banned me from watching the program!!
  8. I'm surprised many of you find the idea of breathing in wood dust so amusing and non threatening, form personal experience I know this not to be the case. The thread was aimed more at the newer ones who have come to this industry from a safer environment, the hobbiest who think playing with wood is a lucrative enterprise and those who dip into this forum for help and advice.
  9. This is a list I compiled from info gleaned from the internet, I may have missed the odd one out, I'm not perfect I went for mostly native UK trees.
  10. It's been recognised for years that our job working with trees is one of the most dangerous jobs mainly due to the machinery we use. Well for those who now mill their timber that danger has possibly unknowingly increased. All wood has a toxicity of some sort or another but knowing which ones and what is a minefield, so I've compiled a list (pdf attached)for the most common trees we have here in the UK. I realise some of you will think wearing a facemask is uncool but no worse then carrying an oxygen tank with you when you suffer from emphysema UK Wood species.pdf
  11. My work place is in a barn in the middle of a field 2 miles from civilisation so I'm going in every day, got 150 lengths of Ash and Larch to mill. I'm not seeing customers and have cancelled all collections/deliveries.
  12. The easiest way for the government to provide the SE's with SSP would be to go by their tax code, I believe that some SE's may have been a bit creative with their SA in the past but no situation is ideal and something is better then nothing.
  13. Nice as those wide planks are I think I would have split the trunk and cut some quarter sawn planks, not everyone can handle a 6' wide plank of Oak.
  14. How are you loading your logs then, it takes me about 10 minutes to get anything up to a 24" diameter log on the mill and ready to go.
  15. Not straight away no, I leave them for a few weeks to let the sap dry off then seal them 50/50 mix water and pva. Normally takes a couple of coats to fully sealed.


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