Duns may just be a small town in the Scottish Borders, but who’d have thought it’s also rich in history and culture – let alone being home to some great place, which is “more than just a sawmill?”
Yes, Abbey Timber is more than just a sawmill.
Located at Abbey St Bathans in Duns, Scottish Borders – a small community in the Lammermuir District in Berkshire and best known for having a unique landmark of a long-winding wooded valley trailing Whiteadder Water – Abbey Timber is a timber and wood business that only harvest and process wood from local woodlands nearby.
Further recognized by the Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers, they are best known for harvesting and processing:
- Larch – Specifically a British Larch, it’s considered to be the most durable among local softwoods. It’s mostly used for building posts and fences.
- Douglas Fir – It’s described to be light, but can withstand heavy loads such as when used for construction purposes. However, it’s best for indoor use only.
- Scots Pine – Despite having low durability, it’s still considered to be great for pressure treatments such as when used in building a fence or used as firewood.
- Spruce – Just like Scots Pine, it has low durability, but considered great for pressure treatments. It’s mostly used for indoor and above-ground construction purposes.
- Oak – Considered one of the sturdiest and most versatile wood types out there, oak is mostly used for almost everything – be it for construction, frames, windows, doors, floors, or furniture.
- Ash – Considered the sturdiest native hardwood, it’s also best known to have an excellent shock-resistant characteristic. The only downside? Being fragile over time and prone to insect attacks.
- Sycamore – Best for indoor use only and known to become fragile over time, it’s mostly used for furniture and kitchen works. It’s also known to be used for musical instruments like violins.
- Beech – Considered sturdy and heavy, it’s versatile when used for furniture and other indoor works. However, it doesn’t have the sturdiness and shock-resistant characteristic as that of Ash.
Abbey Timber is also best known to provide the following: cladding, decking, roofing, marine timber, and Osmo wood care.
In terms of production, they are best known to use a Finnish-made circular saw called Laimet 1200 for sawing timber – one they have been using since 1993. A Laimet HP21 chipper is also used for the sawn timber, so as not to waste any remnants that can still be used for other purposes.
For larger trees, they use a Canadian-made band mill called Logosol Norwood MX34. For larger blocks of wood, they use a band saw called American-made Baker A Resaw.
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Moreover, they are not only up for providing locally-made wood products. They are also known to provide donations for Tree Aid, a charity established by some foresters back in 1987 to help out those affected by the famine in Ethiopia.
Indeed, Abbey Timber is more than just a sawmill.