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I would just like to give a 'heads up' to anyone in the UK looking for quality timber.I had a nice chat with a fellow that runs a company based in Norfolk.He supplies various timbers for modelers,but does not supply box or Ebony.I have ordered some Pear from him for one of my current builds.Finding Pear in the UK is awkward when you don't possess a sawmill to reduce planks down to modelling sizes.He keeps a quantity on stock,but tells me larger orders will be delayed a little as this will necessitate cutting to order.Everything is thickness sanded not just saw cut.I did discuss with him the possibility of supplying a 'timbering package' in the future as I do have HMS Sussex to build,fully framed.The frames work out at 9/32 inch thick and he does say for a large order custom cutting and thickness sanding is not a problem.I have no connection to the company,i just want to pass on the details as he comes across as being a 'breath of fresh air' for modelers in the UK wanting more exotic timbers,mainly Pear.He doesn't have a fancy 'add to cart' website preferring to take card details by phone.Here is the link which lists the 'stock' sizes of what he offers.

 

http://www.twigfolly.com/

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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Thanks everyone.I will run the verniers over what I receive and report back to confirm everything is as specified ;)

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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I just thought I would follow up my original post as my timber arrived today :)  :) I am pleased the quality as all sides are thickness sanded and checking with the verniers revealed a tolerance of +0.1,-0mm so for what I want,I can't grumble at that.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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That is good news Nigel. I will buy from them in the near future. Thank you for undertaking the guinea pig role.

 

Mike. 

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No problem,my pleasure Mike,I had to find another supplier of Pear as I have exhausted the stock at my regular supplier :D  :D

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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I have bought Boxwood cut to my size from:Original Marquetry Lt:www.originalmarquetry.co.uk :Phone 01179442640

Also try Exotic woodshop (hardwoods u-k) e-mail:exotichardwoods@aol.com: Phone:01298815338: European Boxwood

                                                             

                                  Regards Janet B                        

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Two weeks ago, I was looking for a company in the UK who could supply me with a length of Boxwood, and I found a company in Kent called Timberline,

01732 355626.

I spoke to a guy called Alan who was very helpful, he supplied me with a straigth piece of Castello Boxwood 1200 x 100 x 52 mm for £60 with delivery and it came the next day.

 

I have no connection to the company.

 

 mij

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If you are looking for exotic than turning suppliers can often offer very rare wood types in sizes modelling saws can handle as well.

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I would love to add to the uk listing  a wood yard I was pointed towards- it is a self service yard with lots of different woods in various thicknesses and length and bowl blanks

they also do a service of milling to order

http://www.yandles.co.uk/

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wow, thanks everyone I am sure I can get what I need from all your help :)

 

I will let you know how I get on

 

Ian

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For anyone wanting to purchase steamed swiss pear try sales@skyestimber.co.uk a uk based mill and exotic wood stockists. They stock waney edge pear boards in various thicknesses, widths and lengths.

 

Rob

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JRB Is that a picture of the timber stock at Skye's timber? I will purchase from them pear for framing but they also stock a variety of woods for scratch building, thought it a useful link for uk stockists.

Rob.

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For those of you looking for wood in the North Yorkshire area, I have just "discovered" a very good supplier 2 minutes off the A1(M) between Thirsk and Ripon.  My local supplier was John Boddys at Boroughbridge, but they have ceased trading; so looking around, I found Duffield Timber at Melmerby.  I went there this morning and picked up exactly what I wanted from their off-cuts selection.  They even threw in a decently sized free sample of an African hardwood resembling Boxwood, for me to experiment with.  Prices seemed very reasonable.  Telephone number is 01765 640564 and Postcode is HG4 5JB.

 

Geoff

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I was looking for a supplier of cherry for my next project and came across a company called Surrey Timbers Ltd. As they are based not too far away from me, just a 40 minute drive, and in need of an excuse to escape from the house, I decided to visit them at their premises in a small industrial unit in the grounds of Loseley Park just south of Guildford. Really glad I did! They have a fantastic range of exotic timber as well as the cherry and maple I was after. Timber heaven! I have never seen such large pieces of fabulous wood. An upstairs area is devoted to smaller planed pieces and they also do a range of wood turning blanks. A small family run business, these guys really know their timbers. Their web shop is well worth looking although it only gives small insight into what they have in stock. 

Telephone: 01483 457826

Website: surreytimbers.co.uk

 

Cheers,

 

Graham.

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I've used sycamore which is a member of the maple family and is relatively cheap for a cubic ft if you can cut and plane it yourself and widely available ,

If it's not been fully seasoned cut it to the lengths you want then stand the cut lengths on end not flat the timber will finish whiter in colour that way 

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David Dyke luthier supplies in East Sussex are very good, I buy off them often for my fine furniture and restoration business, I am not affiliated with them in any way, but have spent serious money with them since 1985

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I found Surrey Timbers via Google, and they look interesting.  It is good to know they may be able to help me as I am in need of hardwood!

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I'm in the US and was looking for boxwood but no one has it over here, so I've been looking for UK suppliers.  I found Workshop Heaven and I just ordered 5 pieces about 8-10 inches long and and inch and a half square (roughly) for about £67 with shipping. It seems awfully expensive but I couldn't find it anyplace in anything but Syren's milled sizes (which I'll probably get a few of too once I have a better idea of what I'll need). At least it is true buxus boxwood and not castello.  I might have to start growing some boxwood shrubs around the property so I have some supply in the future.

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Hi rtwpsom2, well that is not a bad price. To give you some example I have 8 free growing

box trees and one in a tub. After 14 years without too much pruning they are yet to obtain

the height of a metre and a half. To buy a replacement for the one in the tub would probably cost in access of £150.00 and that is purely for gardening.

 

I had planned to fell a couple and season the wood, but as Longridge would say the essence

of the contract is.... etc.  However for small carvings etc. it may well be worth in.

 

I only wish my Grandfather had put in a stand of Box, ah well! The UK climate is the secret

for good box. Regards, Nick.

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LOL, well there goes that plan.  Maybe I can get the kids interested in ship modeling and they will be able to get some wood from them.

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3 hours ago, rtwpsom2 said:

I'm in the US and was looking for boxwood but no one has it over here, so I've been looking for UK suppliers.  I found Workshop Heaven and I just ordered 5 pieces about 8-10 inches long and and inch and a half square (roughly) for about £67 with shipping. It seems awfully expensive but I couldn't find it anyplace in anything but Syren's milled sizes (which I'll probably get a few of too once I have a better idea of what I'll need). At least it is true buxus boxwood and not castello.  I might have to start growing some boxwood shrubs around the property so I have some supply in the future.

Did you check Chuck's site:  Syren Ship Model Company?  He carries it. Here's the link to wood: https://www.syrenshipmodelcompany.com/milled-lumber.php   

Also, Jason at Crown Timberyard carries it:  http://www.crowntimberyard.com/

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Three years ago my wife and I went on a garden tour of Yorkshire and the Lake District.  Several of these great estates featured huge boxwoods, hundreds of years old.  The gardener told us that they are losing many of these from some sort of blight.  I naturally asked him what was being done with the wood and they make no attempt to use it as to them it has no commercial value.  To bad that this wood can not be recycled into ship models!

 

Roger

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