A Boat on the Side

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Outdoor English Oak Furniture

Three or four years ago we saved a truck load of locally grown English Oak logs destined for firewood. We got in a contractor with a Lucas Mill and stacked it up to season. We sprayed it for borers and waited.

Since then we’ve had no requests to trim boats with it which is a pity but it is heavy and hard. There’s some wild and wonderful grain patterns and shapes though – a lot of it was twisted and gnarled. Some benign fungi had given it streaks of grey-yellow and dark brown so it’s excellent for feature panels in THE NEW BOOKCASE (photos soon!) But there’s an awful lot of it in the yard and big quantities of small misshapen chunks. So for Christmas I built a garden bench for Annette – not that she has much time to sit in the garden but in a year or two  . . . .

The bench was a success and a passerby walking her dog remarked that it looked lovely and can she have one please? I made up two more which meant more of the good oak went to a good garden and the timber stocks shrank a bit. Business as usual, however, gets in the way of such fanciful pursuits and boat work is beginning to build up again. It was nice to do them though – 50 x 50mm epoxied tenons, stainless steel roof batten screws and all, they’ll outlast me! It’s unlikely we’ll be doing too many more but I’ve cut out enough timber for a refectory table and done some balustrade rails for the house. Bullet-proof, flood-proof, oak-of-ages furniture.

P.S. In the end our dog walking neighbour not only bought a bench seat, she ordered the table (bad luck Annette) and second bench seat to match!

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