Huge oak burr...

30 January 2014, Arts, events and places, Would you like to leave a comment?

Just thought I’d post some photos of this magnificent burr, which I spotted at the sawmill this week. I was lucky to be calling in, just as it was being planked and managed to get these shots. It would certainly have made an outstanding bowl, but had already been earmarked for furniture - I’ll have to place my order for the next one…

The tree was being cut into natural edge boards, which could be used for bed heads, or table tops. The burry edge would certainly make an interesting feature.

Here’s a few stages of the tree being planked…




The grain inside was beautiful…


A good stack of natural edge boards…


They even saved me a couple of good sized off cuts, so I went away happy in the end!...


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  1. Gravatar of Paul counter
    Paul counter27 May 2014 22:16

    I'm new to the area and looking for sawmills dealing with interesting stuff, more furniture than turning. Could you tell me where this sawmill is? Thanks

  2. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech29 May 2014 21:03

    Hi Paul,
    They always have a good selection of timber in stock, in most native hardwoods. They are situated close to Bothel village, on the A595 between Wigton and Cockermouth. You can contact them on 016973 71075.

    Please give me a call if you would like some detailed directions.

    All the best

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