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A visit to Whitmore's wood yard

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Newbie_Neil

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Hi all

Yesterday afternoon I was lucky enough to visit Whitmore's in Leicestershire, with Steve Maskery, and buy some massive air-dried oak boards. It was a really good way for me to learn about buying timber.

The day had started just after four as I had to take the LOML to Heathrow. At about nine-thirty, as I was driving back up the M40, I took a slight detour to High Wycombe to visit Isac Lord and have a look at the architectural ironmongery. They had a lot less on show than I had expected, but they did have a lot of catalogues. Their staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.

We arrive at the appointed time and I find that Whitmore's covers about 27 acres with a huge stock of English Oak. They specialise in English and European hardwoods with a few American hardwoods thrown in for good measure.

I saw American and French walnut but it was the sheer size of the waney edge boards that impressed me so much.

The staff at Whitmore's were also very very knowledgeable and helpful.

All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks Steve for the lesson, it was much appreciated.

Cheers
Neil
 
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Regarding Isaac Lord - if you visit the shop, they have a limited amount of stock on display, and the prices are fairly steep...but, get the catalogue, and wander up the hill to the trade shop (go up the side street to the crest of the hill, turn right, and it's on the right), they do the full catalogue range, and the prices are trade. Worth a visit if you're looking for hardware.
 
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Sounds like a good day Neil

How much do they charge for English Oak?
 

Steve Maskery

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Yes it was a good trip and they were helpful.

Pity their delivery is not up to the same standard. We were told "Friday, or if not, definitely Monday". I think I have that verbatim.

I'm still waiting.

A Frustrated Steve.
 

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