We are getting on well with our latest commission – a sign for the new Sylva Wood Centre.
A few months ago I created this visual. Today for the first time we were able to put the main elements together to see how close we were to the original vision. But first we had more woodworking to do.
He you can see me cutting gently curved oak beams that are fixed horizontally onto the shaped posts. We use a bandsaw for this.
Richard is now sanding the beams to clean up any marks from the saw.
And now we have assembled the main parts of the sign for the first time. We spent quite a bit of time arranging the horizontal beams into the best position in relation to the posts. There is still quite a bit of work to do before we can start installation.
Today we have been splitting oak logs for our latest commission – an entrance sign for the new Sylva Wood Centre near Oxford.
We start by cutting a slot in the end of the log with a chainsaw. And then use metal wedges to start a split in the log.
Here Henry is chasing the split down the length of the log with another wedge. With just three wedges we can normally split any log – oak splits surprisingly easily.
And here is the log split. This one has come apart very cleanly – there are no big knots to throw the split off course.
A few weeks ago we finished a very nice pergola just outside Oxford.
Our clients didn’t want it to look too heavy and so we designed it with a slight curve to the underside of the beams. This gives a much lighter feel to the pergola.
We used traditional oak pegged mortice and tenon joints for all of the braces. The timber was green oak with a few month’s seasoning – just enough to protect it from the surface drying out too quickly. Although it has only just been completed the clients had already trained the wisteria up the pergola.