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
Autumn 2008 saw the launch of the latest
phase in the development of the Timber Project - The Lisnavagh
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
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!
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,
or simply displaying as a home accessory.
By visiting the companion website bunburyboards.com
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.
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.
Richards is now overseeing a team of joiners
in the workshop, producing both the Bunbury Boards and the increasing
number of bespoke commissions.
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.
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 - http://www.treecouncil.ie
The Dublin Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild is holding
a one day seminar on Saturday 2nd May 2009, in Terenure College,
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
Other exhibitors will include The Woodshed
from Northern Ireland, and Richard Gough Tools from Dublin
For more information visit www.dublinwoodturners.com
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 &
As always, our up-to-date stock lists and price list can be
found at www.irishwoods.com/stockroom
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.
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.
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.
The hits are still coming fast and furious
and the web site (www.irishwoods.com)
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
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other forums!), so please do use it!
Thank you for reading this Newsletter
and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Lisnavagh Timber Project
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
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
Fumigation – usually appropriate for Deathwatch Beetle infestation
in large structural hardwoods. The adult beetles are effectively
"smoked out" during the annual flight season.
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 -
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
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!
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