This is what I've been searching for!

28 July 2016, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve been on the lookout for burr elm of late, but my search has now come to an end. Whilst visiting a sawmill in Northumberland, I discovered a huge pile of tree trunks, which had been standing for many years.

After a second visit, I had a good look around and agreed to purchase them all. This is a big pile too, with about 35 - 40 tons available - I may need to arrange some storage! I hired two extra vans to bring back a selection, but this has barely dented the pile! However, there's plenty for me to work with now and the rest will be arriving next month.

Okay, now everyone head for your van…

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The photo below shows just some of the burry sections. Although there are a few rotten lumps amongst it, there’s some incredible pieces too…

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The amazing Phil Bradley buried in a sea of elm!...

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The first van being loaded...

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Three van loads of timber back at my yard. The vast majority of the wood will be processed into blanks, with many featuring natural edges. I’ll have a good sort through soon and post some more photo's...

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Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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