LTP Newsletter February 2009 - Issue No.16

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Welcome to the 16th Edition of this Newsletter for the Lisnavagh Timber Project

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Last year we drew up a Business Plan for the ongoing development of the Timber Project (Phase Three) and we have been very busy putting our plans into action since then.

The Lisnavagh Collection

The Lisnavagh Collection

Autumn 2008 saw the launch of the latest phase in the development of the Timber Project - The Lisnavagh Collection.

This is a range of fully traceable hand crafted furniture and accessories. The Collection's first product is the "Bunbury Board" and has been a resounding success in retail outlets throughout Ireland.

Dena Nolan attended Showcase at the RDS at the end of January, where there was a huge interest shown in the Bunbury Boards by buyers from all over the country.

Dena has recently returned from The Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham. This is one of the largest fairs of its kind in Europe, and the Bunbury Boards were an instant hit, attracting a lot of attention from some of the most prestigious retailers in the UK. We are delighted with the success we have achieved with this superb product!

Bunbury Boards

Bunbury Board

A Bunbury Board is completely unique and can be traced right back to the exact tree it came from, in the heart of Co Carlow, Ireland.

A Bunbury Board makes the perfect special gift, wedding present or coffee table centerpiece and can be used for bread, cheese, carving, serving, charcuterie, or simply displaying as a home accessory.

By visiting the companion website with the log reference on the back of your board, you can trigger a magical interactive animation and download a Tree Report.

The report includes a picture of your tree, details of its location, plus the date and reason it came down.

Every board is handcrafted from the finest Irish hardwood sourced from sustainable Irish woodlands and has a unique pattern and finish. No two boards are the same.

Our Team

Dena NolanDena Nolan, who joined the team in October 2007 has remained on board to help with the launch of the Lisnavagh Collection and to continue with the management of the Timber Project.

Dena has had previous experience in procuring and selling timber and bespoke timber products on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bradley Richards

Bradley Richards is now overseeing a team of joiners in the workshop, producing both the Bunbury Boards and the increasing number of bespoke commissions.


New Buildings

Our new 6,300 sq ft Dry Room and Workshop area is almost complete. We are looking forward to moving into this new space as the new building will give us greater and more efficient storage capacity for kiln dried timber, some air drying capacity and a much bigger workshop to accommodate the expansion of the Timber Project and the Lisnavagh Collection.

In due course, we also plan to create new offices and a showroom in the existing Stone Barn nearby.


We had a major sawmilling in February 2008 and are looking forward to our 1” timber reaching an air dried stage soon.

We will be sawmilling again during March.

National Tree Week

The 2009 National Tree Week runs from March 1st to the 8th, with many events taking place around the country.

Here in Carlow, there will be a guided walk – "Tree Identification and Tree History" at Burton Hall Wood, Palatine on Sunday 8th March at 2.30pm. Contact Aubrey Fennell Tel: 086 620 3906.

For more information on National Tree Week visit the Tree Council of Ireland -

Irish Woodturners Guild Seminar

The Dublin Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild is holding a one day seminar on Saturday 2nd May 2009, in Terenure College, Dublin.

Demonstrators will include Tony Wilson from the UK, Seamas Cassidy from Meath (recent winner of the RDS craft competition), Paddy Lynch from Cork, as well as other local woodturners.

Other exhibitors will include The Woodshed from Northern Ireland, and Richard Gough Tools from Dublin

For more information visit


Guaranteed Irish

Lisnavagh is now registered a Guaranteed Irish company, and we provide this guarantee along with our Irish hardwoods traceability report, which assures the end user of the timber that we only offer genuine sustainable and traceable Irish hardwoods in this era of dubious "made in Ireland" products, which are often just finished here.

Stock Lists & Stock News

As always, our up-to-date stock lists and price list can be found at on our website. We have revised the format of these stock lists so that they are more comprehensive, they download rapidly ( in seconds) and so they are an even better guide to what we have in stock at any given moment.


Bespoke Products


We have been offering this latter service for some time now in addition to our regular timber sales and have seen a steady increase in the number of projects commissioned.

So if you would like a "one off" piece of furniture, kitchen counter top, table or bookcase hand crafted from our sustainable hardwood, please contact us at the Timber Project.

Turning Blanks

We continue to sell wood turning blanks for wood turners. (See the list here). We have square, round and rough sawn blanks in several types of timber and these are available as green (fresh/wet), airdried and kiln dried.


Web Site News

The hits are still coming fast and furious and the web site ( is certainly the most usual way for our customers to find us.

The survey on the website continues to assist us in assessing our customers' needs and we very much appreciate the people who have taken the time to complete it.
Click here if you wish to complete the survey

Irish Wood Forum

If you haven't already seen it, try the forum. ( Because of the number of attempts by spammers to leave messages on the forum we have had to ask people to register before they can use it. However, it is a simple process to register and a useful source of information for users. We are working hard to keep the forum free of spam and useful to you (unlike a few other forums!), so please do use it!


Thank you for reading this Newsletter and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,

The Lisnavagh Timber Project

Wood Worm: Beware - it’s that time of the year.


Did you know that most of the year round the woodworm is happily munching away in timber and in spring they emerge?

Woodworm is a lava grub which comes from a egg and bores its way into timber and continues to eat until it nears adulthood, then the little maggots evolve into a small flies. They emerge to continue their cycle of destruction where they fly further afield to lay more eggs in untreated timbers. These invasions takes place from May to June each year.

In the UK and Ireland, the most common are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum), House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) and Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus). All invade and consume wood, and then leave when they have reached maturity

Wood worm thrives in damp conditions, a moisture content of 20% would be a cause for concern. Woodworm prefers timber with moisture content over 18 %, although it can tolerate moisture contents as low as 12 % for short periods. At lower moisture levels however, the rate of colonisation tends to be low and infestation will die out with prolonged periods of reduced moisture levels.

Ways to reduce the risk of woodworm spreading:

Keep humidity levels low and ensuring wood is well-ventilated.

Remove pieces of furniture or non-structural timber that are infested to avoid the woodworm spreading.

Install electric fly traps in attic/ loft spaces and under-ventilated areas to kill the adults during the emerging months, and thus reduce the threat of infestation.

Surface application of pesticides /treatment with wood worm killer such as Protrim.

Freezing – only suitable for items of furniture infested with woodworm.

Fumigation – usually appropriate for Deathwatch Beetle infestation in large structural hardwoods. The adult beetles are effectively "smoked out" during the annual flight season.
Environmental concerns

While it is tempting to opt for a blanket treatment, this may not be the greenest choice. It is worth bearing in mind for example, that treated timber is considered toxic waste at the end of its lifespan and must be disposed of accordingly.
A safe but effective treatment is borax, a compound of boron also known as sodium borate. This is available as a crystalline powder, which is dissolved as a 15% solution in water and applied to the affected timber. There are no health hazards associated with this treatment, and borax will inhibit fungal growth as well as killing woodworm.
You won’t know you have killed him until next year if you see no fresh holes appear.

The amount of harm caused by woodworm will depend on the species of beetle and the type of wood -

Woodworm damage

Common Furniture Beetle Attacks softwood (conifer) and the sapwood of European hardwoods. Rarely causes structural weakening although tunneling along the grain of the wood can potentially cause extensive collapse.

House Longhorn Beetle Only attacks the sapwood of softwood timbers. As softwood is often used in roof timbers, infestation can often result in severe structural weakening. The good news is that this species is now rare in the UK.

Powderpost Beetle Causes damage to wide-pored hardwood with a high starch content, such as ash, elm and oak. Older timbers (over 15 years old) don't provide a suitable environment for this species. Tunnels along the grain and can cause severe damage, often infesting block or parquet flooring.

Deathwatch Beetle Prefers European hardwoods, especially oak, ash and chestnut that has been "softened" by partial decay. The larvae tend to tunnel towards the centre of the timber, so that damage may be more extensive than is apparent from the exterior. In the UK, this species is concentrated chiefly in southern/central England, and is virtually absent in Scotland.

So be warned, if you have any untreated timbers or furniture that you have been meaning to “get round to finishing”, oil it, paint it or treat it now!

Did you know that spiders are the only natural killers of woodworm!

Contact information

William McClintock Bunbury
The Lisnavagh Timber Project
The Farmhouse, Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Co Carlow, Ireland

Tel:             (059) 9161784       Int'l: +353 59 91 61784
Fax:             (059) 9161475       Int'l  +353 59 91 61475

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