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Over the years Whitney Sawmills has supplied many exciting prestige projects such as fine Oak for the King’s Dining Room in Edinburgh Castle, or Sweet Chestnut for the royal row barge, Gloriana. More recent projects include milling Oak and Elm for the restoration of HMS Victory and, more locally, the rebuilding of Grade 1 listed Llwyn Celyn just over the border in Wales.

Dumfries House Project

 Green Oak beams in use at Dumfries House, Suffolk

Green Oak beams supplied by Whitney Sawmills for a project by Jonny Briggs Joinery, used in a educational project for Dumfries House.

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This is just one of several loads of Green Oak beams destined to leave our yard and be delivered to Suffolk where they will be used in assembling an educational project for Dumfries House.

The Restoration of HMS Victory

 Elm and Oak were used in the restoration of HMS Victory

Contributing to the current major restoration work taking place on HMS Vicotry, Lord Aberdeen’s Haddo House estate and three other neighbouring estates, generously offered to donate Elm and Oak.

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A Whitney Sawmills buyer was asked to visit and select suitable trees subsequently to be sawn at Whitney Sawmills, prior to delivery to Portstmouth Docks.

After several years of seasoning, this sawn timber will be used in various repairs, including the reconstruction of numerous gun carriages.

The Construction of Gloriana

 Sweet Chestnut timber was supplied for constuction of Gloriana

Following many conversations with master boatbuilder, Mark Edwards MBE, Whitney Sawmills was asked to supply a quantity of Herefordshire Sweet Chestnut timber for the construction of the 90ft rowbarge, Gloriana, to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Sweet Chestnut being both durable and light in weight, was judged to be ideal for a rowed vessel of such a size.

Only Whitney Sawmills was able to supply the quantity needed to the high specification demanded.

Edinburgh Castle

 Dried Oak from a Herefordshire estate was used at to refurbish Edinburgh Castle

The Royal Apartments & Kings’s Dining Room - During 2 years of collaboration with J.Nethercott & Co., Whitney Sawmills was able to meet all the exacting specifications of Oak required for this prestigious project. Quantities of wide, quarter sawn English Oak boards were cut from trees sourced from a single Herefordshire estate.

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The success of this work lead to Whitney Sawmills winning “The Award for a Major Project” from the Society of Craftsmen.

Llwyn Cellyn

 Green Oak timber was used for this large farmhouse refurbishment

Llwyn Cellyn is typical of many of the Green Oak building refurbishment projects that Whitney Sawmills gets involved in. A large farmhouse with stone barns that has been totally refurbished over 2 years into 1 private dwelling.

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Whitney Sawmills worked closely with the main contractor to supply materials including Green Oak for structural members through to kiln-dried and air-dried Oak for the joinery and flooring.

Furniture Created from Whitney Sawmill Timber

If you have a project that you need timber for, whether it's bespoke or standard, we can help advise, cut and source the timber you need.