What is Lisnavagh and who are we?
Lisnavagh is, essentially speaking, a family run farm in
the north of Co Carlow, Ireland.
The Lisnavagh Timber Project is one of several enterprises
that have been set up at Lisnavagh (see www.lisnavagh.com
to learn more). It is principally managed by myself, William
Bunbury, but with considerable help from the team (pictured
As with many farms and estates, there is a need to diversify
and seek alternative income to the pure agriculture upon which
we have relied for so long. The basic resources at Lisnavagh
are farmland, buildings... and 250 acres of mainly hardwood
When was the Lisnavagh Timber Project started?
After some research in 2000, I started The Lisnavagh Timber
Project in 2001. I believed that there was a gap in the market
for homegrown hardwood timber and that the Lisnavagh Timber
Project could fill that gap. Through the internet and word-of-mouth
we soon became known to a number of small to medium scale
woodworkers and furniture makers for our air dried and kiln
Over the next couple of years, we began to become an established
part of the small to medium scale homegrown hardwood market
in Ireland - some would say that we are leading the field.
Our annual sales have doubled or tripled each year since we
In 2004, we expanded the operation by building a kiln, establishing
a workshop and setting up a new office. We started dimensioning
timber for customers and making items such as kitchen worktops,
bookshelves and other joinery items.
Where does the timber come from?
So far, most of the timber in the Project has come from our
own woods here at Lisnavagh, and this is mainly from windblown
trees. We have also been taking in timber from other sources
where we feel that the quality or uniqueness of the timber
merits inclusion in the Timber Project.
We insist on offering total traceablility of our timber to
our customers. (Photos of the tree included!) All of our timber
is home-grown Irish timber from sustainable sources and mainly
from here at Lisnavagh.