The Journey from Tree to Timber

You may have timber flooring, or a gorgeous timber cladding featured on your home, but do you really know how it got there?

How has a tree been turned into this beautiful accessory for your home? Take a look at the journey your flooring, fencing or doorways would have taken.

Stage 1

First off all in the preparation of timber, a tree must be felled.

In order to get the best out of the wood state, this process is often undergone during the winter months.

This is because the low temperatures cause the wood to hold a lower amount of moisture than in the warmer seasons.

To determine which tree to cut down, a forestry worker will analyse and find trees that have reached their ‘mature’ stage for felling.

The ‘mature’ age for felling can range between 50-150 years.

The felled trees are then replaced with saplings.

Stage 2

Once trees have been felled, they are stored in a clearing ready to be taken to the saw mill.

During this stage, the forestry workers may remove excess branches and foliage or cut the tree into more manageable lengths. 

Stage 3

Once the logs arrive to the saw mill, they get cut into boards using circular saws and band saws.

They are roughly sawed to begin with and then re-sawed to get a neat finish.

The ends of the logs are then trimmed to become straight and then large circular saws process the boards further by removing any curved edges.

The timber now looks like board and is ready to be prepared for purpose. Any wood that is going to be used for construction needs to be seasoned to remove excess water.

Stage 4

The Timber is then transported to timber yards and can be prepared for the needs of customers.

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