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Welcome to The Hand Crafted Timber Co.

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If you are new to the world of Timber hewing – the term “hew” means converting log from its natural rounded state (i.e. the trunk of a tree) into timber with flat surfaces using axes.It is an ancient method dating back to medieval times for squaring beams for timber framing.

Different methods in each step of this process have been developed over time but the basics are still the same, i.e. to select a tree and fell it (I am also a forester so I undertake this personally) and then use a variety of axes to square the log.

After felling, the trunk is skidded or twitched (using a horse) out of the woods to a work site, The log is placed across bearers and stabilised using timber dogs or log dogs. A snap line is used to mark the section that will become the flat surface. Notches are created every two to three feet using a chopping axe and the pieces of wood can then be knocked off with an axe (a process known as juggling or joggling). Hewing is the last step in the process and is done using a broad axe.

Hand-hewn timber creates a beautiful surface which cannot be re-created by mechanical means.

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Garden Installations and Sculptures

Garden Installations and Sculptures

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Public Demonstrations

Public Demonstrations

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Axe Hewing Courses

Axe Hewing Courses

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Clients Testimonials

Steve chopped down a carefully chosen oak tree from a nearby hedgerow, the trunk of which we then brought back to the yard. Over ten days he skilfully and lovingly crafted this into two beautiful benches in memory of my late parents. The final pieces were then treated in four coats of Danish oil. The benches look fantastic, are highly original and will serve as a wonderful tribute for years to come.
Mr W Gosling

Mr W Gosling

Steve attends several woodworking shows in the UK and Europe each year and at the 2015 staging of The European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns, Essex in September Steve enjoyed record crowds for his timber hewing demonstration.Standing on a large log and entertaining 150 + people with interesting historical axe talk is not easy and then to hew the log from round to square using axes is even more impressive. With the odd bad joke or two thrown in now and then Steve’s axe hewing demonstration is always entertaining and manages to engage and enthral his crowd, even those who have seen it before.

Steve will advise on which axes are best for which jobs, correct techniques and how best to sharpen. He is a fan of the Swedish axe maker, Gransfors Bruks whose hand forged range of hickory handled axes are renowned throughout the world. Steve is happy to recommend Classic Hand Tools as his preferred source of these axes in the UK. They keep good stocks and ship to UK addresses and into Europe. They also have a showroom in Suffolk which you visit.www.classichandtools.co.uk 01473 784983

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Weird and Wonderful Wood 2016

Another busy show on the 14th and 15th May at Haughley Park in Suffolk. Beautiful weather on Sunday and a great family friendly event.

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Axe Hewing Course- a success!

My first public course was held on the 16th July 2016.
Set in an atmospheric barn in rural Essex, my students enjoyed a private, hands-on day of learning about different types of axes, how to sharpen them and how to create a flat surface..read the Axe hewing course page for more information on the day and for futher course dates.