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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 →

The Brimstone story continues

After launching Brimstone – our new range of thermally modified British hardwoods – at EcoBuild in March we have a great deal of attention from the architectural and self-build communities. Clearly the combination of superior performance, competitive pricing and local… Continue Reading →

Favourable exchange rate behind growing demand for British timber

A favourable exchange rate and continental price rises are pushing demand for British grown oak and other hardwoods, according to Tom Barnes, Managing Director of the family owned Vastern Timber sawmill in Wootton Bassett. “We are noticing a distinct increase… 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 →

Vastern Timber Launches Thermally Modified Hardwoods CPD Presentation

Vastern Timber, the Wootton Bassett based sawmill which in March launched Brimstone, the first commercially available thermally modified British timber, has also produced a CPD presentation designed to educate specifiers about the history, development, production and benefits of thermally modified… Continue Reading →

Brimstone is on a roll!

I am hugely proud to share the fact that the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) has chosen Brimstone wood as it’s product of the month. After visiting the Brimstone stand at Ecobuild Executive Chair Gary Newman recommended the thermally modified… 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 →

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