Tigh-na-Ault, Lochcarron, Ross-shire, IV54 8YQ
Telephone: 01520 722568, mobiles: 07825 986513



Elm (Ulmus glabra) Board Stock

We have in stock five large elm logs extracted from an estate on the north west coast.

They range from 4.1m long and 1.2m wide to a small cruck piece 2.2m long and 670mm diameter (with a large burr in the cruck).

We will machine two 'slabs' (approximately 75mm thick) either side of the heart on the largest log. Both will make a very desirable table top for board room or banquet room.

These two rather large boards are rare because of the sheer size and the quality of the grain pattern. Once cut there will be air-dried for several months prior to going in the kiln.

elm log

The wood is expected to be ready by the end of 2017. The other logs will be treated in a similar manner to achieve a large selection of long and wide boards.

May 2017:

Our Dry Store needs to be re-designed so that different woods can be kept separate and the longer boards can be stored safely in a vertical orientation - which will make inspection of the boards easier.

Once work is completed it will enable us to standardise the sizes and display of boards, improve quality control and allow us to appearance grade the boards.

In the interim please contact us on info@woodworkz.co.uk for further information and to discuss how we can fulfill your requirements.

Elm: Species Information

Wych Elm occurs throughout Scotland, but was originally more common in the south east Borders area, where there were formerly forests of Wych Elm - nowadays it is mainly confined to the borders of fields there. It grows naturally as far north as Sutherland and also on Skye, and has been planted in a few places on the Orkney and Shetland Islands. It is comparatively scarce in the pinewood areas of the Caledonian Forest, with only a handful of trees in glens such as Affric and Strathfarrar, but is likely to have been more common in the past, in sheltered areas with better soils. Its Gaelic name of Liobhann is anglicised as Leven, and gives its name to the two Loch Levens - one in Kinross and the other near Ballachulish in Lochaber - thereby giving an indication of the tree's geographic spread. The range and abundance of Wych Elm in Scotland has been reduced in recent decades by the spread of Dutch Elm Disease.

Wych Elm is a large deciduous tree in the Ulmaceae family, and in good situations it can reach a height of 40 metres, although it doesn't grow that tall in the wild in Scotland (the UK Champion Wych Elm, at Brahan in Inverness-shire, was 25.2 metres tall in 2002). It often has multiple large branches coming off the main trunk quite low down on the tree, which give it a broad, spreading crown. The bark is initially pale grey in colour, and is smooth when young, thereby giving the tree the second part of its binomial scientific name, glabra. The bark darkens and becomes rougher and fissured as the tree ages. On a mature tree, the trunk and main branches often have burls or burrs on them. These abnormal growths are caused by the swelling of dormant buds in the tree's cambium layer, usually due to stress conditions.
Alan Watson Featherstone