Established in 1948 Nelson Butler & Son is one of the few remaining family run Saw Mills left in the U.K. Specializing and sourcing English Walnut, Rippled Sycamore, Brown Oak, Rippled Ash, Tiger Oak and Hornbeam. We pride ourselves on giving a personal service, whether you need one select piece of timber or an arctic load.
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We can cut for you oak beams, elm beams, Douglas fir beams, cedar beams and larch beams. Any size, any, length, any quantity and cut to your exact cutting list.
If you have a project such as a gazebo or garage in oak, then give us a call or send us your cutting list and we will price it up for you.
Oak beams have been used for timber framing, joinery and construction for centuries, and for good reason. Other than the fact that oak provides an upscale, stylish look to any project, whether it be an oak framed manor house build or for some oak rails for a garden fence, it is also an extremely sturdy wood, mostly due to the fact that it is so dense.
Our English oak beams are truly appealing to the eye with a beautiful light colour when fresh sawn, ranging from a clean grain to sometimes containing pips that really give a classy look.
Green oak beams are just beams that have been fresh cut from a log, because of this they tend to have a higher moisture content and therefore are more prone to movement within the beam but this also means that they are softer and easier to work with when cutting joints etc. Even though green oak beams are more likely to move/shrink they have been used by builders and joiners for many years and still are used, for internal building structures. Green oak is also perfect for outdoor constructions e.g. barns, sheds, pergolas, porches, new builds etc..
If you are looking for a lighter wood to work with than oak then maybe larch will be better suited to your needs. We sell English larch, which is a softwood but this doesnt mean it is any less durable, it is a very strong wood and has been growing in popularity with joiners and construction workers over the years, to the point where it is now a very commonly used timber for these sorts of jobs.
Larch is a very resinous wood which is good news as this means that it is very immune to decay and rot. Harmful organisms are less likely to be able to penetrate larch beams/boards making it a perfect material for things like fencing, cladding and decking as well. Larch is also a very attractive wood visually, fresh cut it is a warm orangey brown colour with nice grain patterns, when dried it keeps it's grain and turns a silvery grey. Like most timbers, you have the option to apply a UV protection finish to larch if the fresh sawn look is what your heart desires.
Like larch, it's softwood brother, Douglas fir is also an ever-growing popular choice when it comes to beams. It shares a lot of similarities with larch, it's durable, resistant to rot and has an excellent strength to weight ratio. Douglas fir is commonly used in joinery and construction work, residential and commercial, due to it's excellent ability to bare a lot of stress. It is similar in appearance to larch, with a lovely straight grain and warm colour but shows more hints of pink when fresh cut.
Air dried beams are simply beams that have been left out to dry by exposing air to it at all angles. The beams are stacked with gaps in between so that air can circulate through the packs. This process ensures that all of the moving, warping and cracking that naturally occurs to oak when drying, has already occurred and finished before it comes to fitting. This means that all air dried beams has character to it, due to the movement and cracking, each piece looks rustic and unique. We sell air dried beams for many purposes but some main uses are for indoor structural work, indoor beam renovation i.e. on churches/old buildings, and for mantle pieces above fire places.