Two beautiful boards of European oak arrived in the workshop yesterday both about 6m long and 50cm wide. I have started using this more and more. It is whats known as ‘Swiss grade’ timber FSC certified clean boards. Although more expensive, I find that not only is there is a lot less waste but as there are so few defects ( splits , knots etc..) I am able to select and cut out components much more quickly, saving costs and reducing environmental impact. Most importantly the clean grain suits my designs.
There was an article in the paper about the deforestation in Borneo this weekend. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/24/borneo-indonesia-rainforest-illegal-logging The WWF website has a campaign http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/campaigning/what_wood_you_choose/ which outlines why using FSC certified timber is so important.