Woodworkz is committed to the environment and where possible we want to re-cycle all products and waste from the processes of extraction, milling and kiln drying of timber.
Our production starts with extraction of smaller quantities of logs from anywhere in the North West of Scotland, the typical boundaries of that are Skye, Ardnamurchan, Lochaber, Inverness-shire, Sutherland and Caithness. Beyond this area financially it becomes unviable.
During the trees’ life is absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, but when it dies, is blow over or becomes diseased, that timber will slowly rot. During the decomposition it will release some of that CO2. If however that tree is extracted it will hold that carbon dioxide only letting it go when burned. So if the tree is one of the Scottish hardwoods, Ash, Cherry, Elm, Oak, Sycamore, Birch, Lime and the softwoods Cedar, European Larch and Douglas Fir we are willing to extract it. The upper branches and limbs are good for firewood and are usually kept by the land owner, however, the main trunk and some of the larger limbs (above 300mm diameter) can be used to mill.
This process only has the waste of the sapwood and bark the rest is converted to boards for furniture, house building and fixings, even children’s toys and games etc. The sapwood and bark are used for firewood.
Eventually we will have kilns powered by bio-mass so that all the heat gained from burning sawdust and backings will be used so there will be no waste produced by the process.
The pictures tell the story of a beautiful elm tree, being felled by autumnal winds, arriving back at our yard in Lochcarron and then being made into a solid elm garden bench.