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VASTERN TIMBER PROMOTES IMPORTANCE OF SPECIFYING BRITISH TIMBER AT MATERIALS 2017

Vastern Timber, the Wootton Bassett based sawmill, will be exhibiting at Materials 2017 – the new conference and exhibition taking place at the ILEC Centre, Earls Court, which focusses entirely on material solutions for architecture, construction, and design. Offering a… Continue Reading →

Vastern Timber Unveils Brimstone At Ecobuild

Public debut for the first commercially available thermally modified British timber Vastern Timber will be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2016 and will be unveiling Brimstone, the first commercially available thermally modified British timber. Sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands, the… 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 →

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 →

The Real Benefits Of English Oak – The Most Iconic Of British Woods

Oak remains perhaps the most iconic of British hardwoods, but how does English oak fare against imported oak, and do designers and specifiers fully understand and appreciate the available choices and advantages of English oak over imported timber? Tom Barnes… Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding – Getting It Right

While timber cladding is a technique that has been used for millennia, its use has boomed in recent decades, driven largely by a push for more sustainability in building, as well as a renewed appreciation of its aesthetic benefits. In… Continue Reading →

Wood Cladding – A Guide For Self-Build Projects

While timber cladding has boomed in recent decades, it has become particularly popular in the self-build market, and for good reason. Wood is one of the easiest ways to give a design that ‘something special’. The range of textures and… Continue Reading →

The Challenge To Make Timber Truly Sustainable

It seems ridiculous to suggest that timber is in anyway not a sustainable material. Surely timber represents one of the most sustainable materials known? After all, it has served humanity well since the dawn of history and the ability of… Continue Reading →

Truly sustainable timber

Sustainability has been a dominant theme in construction for many years. We all want the houses we build to be energy efficient and have a minimum environmental impact, and that sentiment extends to the specific materials we use in construction…. Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding – The Lessons Learned

For many architects, designers and self-builders, timber is a material they often have less familiarity with when used as an exterior feature. But as timber cladding installations mature it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked. Tom Barnes… Continue Reading →

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