Hi Mike,Yep, it's getting ridiculous, and that was the case even before lock-down. I just wish that someone would start milling chestnut in decent size boards, and drying it properly, because it is a wonderful wood and pretty much a like-for-like replacement for oak. They've got some absolutely gorgeous supplies in northern Spain, to the point where filling a lorry with the stuff is getting seriously tempting.
Honestly, the chestnut I worked with in Spain last year was every bit as good (and heavy) as any oak I have worked with in the UK. I used both seasoned chestnut, and some massive lumps of green stuff, which was indistinguishable from green oak other than for the medullary rays. Maybe the Spanish stuff is just loads better than UK chestnut.I find Chestnut to be much lighter in weight, and much more fragile/flaky/dusty. But I do agree, it does look a lot like Oak. I just go by the weight to tell them apart.
Wow !! La Vache !!!£1900+ (excluding VAT). This is for furniture grade 1" through-and-through boards, air dried (sometimes finished in a kiln).
Interesting that the air dried stuff is twice the price in France of the stuff which is more highly sought after here, the air dried.
As a matter of interest, what does a cubic metre cost at the moment ?
It's around €400 here for "artisanal" air dried. Around €7-8oo for kiln dried.
A bit different here. A local ebay-style auction site has oak at 3200 euro.£1900+ (excluding VAT).
Yes, the FT reported on this recently...Has European Oak shot up in price lately?
In regards to woodturning blanks, seems to be around the same price as Cherry these days
Good morning Daniel. Completetly different families. Horse Chestnut belongs to the family Hippocastanceae and is called Aesculus hippocastanum. This i would say is the common Horse Chestnut. Has rather nice white flowers. As a timber it is deemed as having little commercial value.