Some of the timber from the OneOak tree has been placed in a drying kiln at Deep in Wood sawmill.
The boards have been air-drying since being sawn in February 2010 (read more). We have waited patiently for over a year and a half for the moisture in the sawn boards to reduce naturally; down from around 60% to about 35-25%. In green woodworking some movement in the timber is acceptable, which happens due to shrinkage as the timber dries. However, for furniture making and joinery movement in the wood is not acceptable.
The thinner boards that will yield the best quality timber for furniture makers, joiners and other craftspeople, have now been placed in the kiln to lower their moisture content further to about 15-20%. The boards will stay there for about six weeks, and then they will be ready for collection by the makers.