I had the great pleasure to work with some Sussex and Surrey chestnut on a few recent projects. Thank you very much to Steve at J E Homewood and Sussex timber framer Paddy Cox for supplying the wood. It was my first time working with chestnut and I see now why it is so highly valued. It cleaves and works beautifully, has almost no sap wood and very durable heartwood. Lovely.
From a sutainabilty stand point it would be great if I could source chestnut locally. As it is I have family in Surrey so can pick up some chestnut when I visit, so no extra trips incurred. I still though have to transport heavy logs all the way down the M4.
So if anyone in west wales is growing chestnut please do get in touch.
Here are some photos of what was made: