>Spent some of the afternoon today, looking at another saw mill that is only 9 miles from my shop. We are sadly lacking sawmills/timber yards in Norfolk, so as soon as someone tells me about one that I haven’t heard of(that’s 20 mins down the road), I like to make some time to go and visit them.
The name of this saw mill is Richardson’s sawmill and it’s run by two brothers called Kenny and Mervyn, Kennys son Neil looked after me today, and showed me round. It is situated just outside North Walsham on the Bacton Rd, it’s tucked away a bit and there is only one sign on the main road, but it’s easy to find.
I was recommended to go there by my new turner Johnny Taylor when I dropped off the split turnings, for the oak and madrone fire surround. First impressions were not good, the yard is basically a bog with about 3″ of mud everywhere(so take some Wellington boots if it’s been raining).
However if you can get over this small problem, there is an Aladdin’s cave of native air dried timber, Oak, Elm, Chestnut, Birch, Beech, Sycamore, Walnut, and Yew. Most of this timber is kept in shed’s, but there is also some stored outside exposed to the elements. They also have a limited stock of turning blanks of native timber, and they will slab a log for you, for a fee of £4.50 a cubic foot. If you are buying timber for furniture, I would recommend taking a moisture metre with you, just to make sure your timber is at roughly 15% for air dried.
I can recommend them, but have an open mind to what you are buying with regard to moisture content. If you are prepared to buy the timber and let it acclimatise in your shop, you will have some nice timber. I didn’t buy anything today, but will be going back soon to do so. Hope that’s helpful.
>Received this order last week from the same clients I was doing some site work for. It needs to be done fairly quick, as I have had to take a week off before starting another job. As with most things I make, a trip/call to the timber yard is my first port of call, after doing a Rod and a cutting list.
>I have managed to get half a day on this today, after finishing my site work early. I really need to get cracking with this box, as it was my wife’s birthday yesterday(I did buy her another gift), and would like to surprise her.
>OK so I know I said it would be traditional, but as usual I’m not that organised. First off I couldn’t find the pearl glue, it’s in the shop somewhere I know it is. Then I realised I had run out of gas to heat the glue up with, so I need to get this done soonish(wife’s birthday). I just don’t have the time to run to the suppliers or wait for a delivery, so the box will be done with what’s on hand.
I thought I would look for some suitable veneers in my store first, see what look’s nice together.
>Took a bit of a break from cabinet making today, to pick up my new Bees. Up until recently I was a bee-keeper with two hives to look after, however with the recent cold weather(it got down to -17 here) I lost both hives. So today, I had to go see my friend the bee-keeper, he’s going to retire as he lost all his hives bar one in the frosts too, and has generously given me his last hive. These are a nice calm strain of bees, so I’m over the moon.
Here they are all loaded up, ready to go. One hive and 10,000 bees ready to go.
>OK all wrapped up on these today, barring the polish which I will do tomorrow.
Chunky side tables.
Made a start on the four breadboard ends for the top’s today, these are for some small but chunky side tables I’m doing this week. Here is the process in full..
Norfolk Cabinet Maker Mark Rhodes.