Exmoor Timber Preservation

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The launch of our new project Exmoor Timber preservation is here, with one simple objective.

Facilitate the processing of timber sourced from Exmoor to be used on Exmoor by the people of Exmoor.

We aim to do this by providing useful and bespoke pieces of timber. Whilst conserving the woodlands of Exmoor and creating a greater culture of using locally sourced timber.

Exmoor Timber preservation is to compliment and modernise the output and experience at Simonsbath Sawmill. Sourced through UK dealers, Davies Implements and 40% funding from the FiPl programme, we have purchased the LOGOSOL B1001 Bandsawmill.

Much of Exmoor’s timber has outgrown its original intended size. Or, certainly exceeds the capabilities of the heritage mill at Simonsbath.

Logosol B1001 bandsaw

The Logosol B1001 bandsaw can not only process at a far greater efficiency but also on a larger dimensional scale. We are now able to process timber up to 3 foot wide, double the size that we can process currently.

Simonsbath Sawmill

Due to the wonderfully heritage nature of the Simonsbath Sawmill, we are limited with our output. In the past year we have identified the demand for timber processed on a larger scale with our ethos. All timber we provide comes from Exmoor and can be used on Exmoor. We endeavour to facilitate the practical use of locally grown timber to land owners and workers. Supplying fencing and building materials alongside bespoke pieces of timber such as work tops, tables, bird boxes, structures, cladding. Sawmill Shop

We feel we have a duty to utilise the timber grown on Exmoor to the best of its abilities. With all the added benefits environmentally, socially and historically.

Passion and Purpose

Our passion is to encourage a culture of using purpose grown trees as the crop they were intended for. In turn, promoting healthy, working woodlands.

A working, and inherently financially viable, woodland is a sustainable one and more likely to survive in the future.

A well-managed/coppiced woodland, working on rotation can act as a successful carbon sink as well as producing materials/products that will sequester carbon in their dormancy.

These woodlands also provide employment for the people of Exmoor. Inncrease biodiversity, act as ecological corridors and combat climate change in its ferocity.

Sustainability

Our intrinsic approach to sourcing and distributing timber is to mitigate our carbon foot print with transport of timber.

Externally sourced, tanalised timber is not only poor quality, but could have been harvested hundreds to thousands of miles away. It has then been treated chemically and transported to its destination.

By harnessing the naturally rot resistant characteristics of oak, chestnut, larch and Douglas fir we remove the treatment process and reduce the transport of the timber.

Feasibly an oak gate post could travel a mere fragment of the distance of an outsourced piece of timber.

Exmoor Timber preservation is aimed at woodland management, the working landscape and the Exmoor Experience. Our work to source local timber leads to the improvement and sustainability of the woodlands on Exmoor by continuing, or initiating, good woodland management.

The greatest way to increase the sustainability of woodland, from a purely commercial attitude, is to make it financially viable. We can do that by enforcing the demand for local timber. This work then drives conservation, habitat creation and employment to name but a few benefits.

All of the above is then conveyed in our Exmoor Heritage Sawmill Experience, part of the National park collection. The tours focus on the contrast between techniques, old and new. Therefore, educating people on the history of Exmoor and the ways of the working landscape.

The tour includes exciting and hands on demonstrations of the water power, diesel engine, heritage rack saw and bandsaw alongside the new Logosol B1001. All promoting sustainable tourism.

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