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Brimstone thermally modified British ash makes its house build debut…

Our new Brimstone product has had a fantastic reception since we launched it in March, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it being used in a real-life build. Here’s how Modernarc – a very impressive, innovative design and construction company… Continue reading →

Brimstone shortlisted for top award for timber industry innovation

There was more great news for Vastern Timber recently, as we learned that our Brimstone thermally-modified wood product has been shortlisted for the 2016 TTJ Timber Innovation Awards, sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo. These are the main awards in… Continue reading →

Superb use of larch cladding and decking in Miner’s Cottage renovation

The annual Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovation Award is Britain’s premier awards scheme for self builders and renovators, so it was great to see Vastern Timber make a key contribution to one of this year’s shortlisted projects. Miner’s Cottage I… Continue reading →

Timber Cladding Secrets Explained

Timber cladding secrets explained Timber cladding has boomed in recent years. However, as early installations now mature it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber reflects on the ways to ensure cladding installed… Continue reading →

Siberian larch is a hit

It’s always nice when customers are over the moon with timber they receive. Mick Gemson from Malvern very kindly sent in some pictures of an extension he’s built to an old cottage, using Siberian larch cladding from Vastern Timber. Mick’s done… Continue reading →

Choosing your oak wisely

Although I have long been an advocate of using British grown timber, there are times when it is necessary to look further afield in order to satisfy particular requirements. While our native oak offers an array of choices and specifications,… Continue reading →

Cedar cladding is the perfect choice

Not too many buildings are worthy of a six-page spread in Homebuilding and Renovations magazine but this beautiful contemporary eco-home by architects Mark Camillin and Liam Denny certainly is. It uses Vastern Timber’s cedar cladding and is perfectly suited to… Continue reading →

English Oak And The Tower Of London Drawbridge

Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber looks at the construction of a replacement drawbridge at the Tower of London and discusses the technical issues surrounding the use of oak on prestigious heritage projects. Originally constructed in 1834 to allow munitions to… Continue reading →

British Thermally Modified Timber Closing The Sustainability Gap

Tom Barnes, Managing Director at Vastern Timber looks at the growing use of Thermally Modified Timber and explains how new British products can ensure sustainability for your project. Changing the nature of wood using heat sounds like a very new… Continue reading →

Timber Cladding – How To Consider Weathering

As a natural material, timber cladding needs a little extra understanding to ensure long term successful implementation, as Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains. The use of timber cladding has boomed in recent decades. In many cases timber cladding still… Continue reading →

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