Timber Selection

The correct tree selection plays a vital part in any timber construction. We select the finest copse with the correct properties for each individual project.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir is the common English name for trees from the evergreen coniferous family. They are named after David Douglas who introduced the tree species to Europe. In its natural habitat of America they can be reported to reach heights of 120 meters. Douglas Fir is the most commonly used copse for large scale structural projects as it is able to withstand high loads. It is universally recognise for its superior strength and is used extensively throughout the construction industry. It is know as the Oregon Pine in the timber trade.

It is a moderately heavy wood with a close grain and features tight knots. This structure is believed to add to the beauty and character of the wood. The timber tends to be of a light rich colour and can be finished with stain, be painted or left natural.

Larch

Larch is of the conifer family but is a deciduous tree and looses its leaves during the Autumn season. Larch is an ideal wood for timber framed buildings and is found to have a natural defense against decay. It is highly durable and naturally waterproof making it highly prized by yacht builders and is used as external cladding for buildings. The majority of the stunning log cabins found in Vaud, Switzerland are built from Larch.

Spruce

Spruce is again a member of the evergreen deciduous family. Unlike its relatives, Douglas Fir and Spruce, it is not commonly used as an outdoor timber due to not having decay properties after it has been felled. It is commonly used as wood pulp due to its structure of long fibers. It can be used outdoors as a cheaper alternative for sheds etc but must be well treated against the elements.

For longevity in log cabins, Douglas Fir and Larch are always used.