West Sussex, December 2019
Photos by Fiona Henley and word by Huw Crompton
EBTS Chairman Chris Poole organised the felling, sale and productive use of box timber for members Peter and Fiona Henley, through EBTS member Huw Crompton, who for 10 years has specialised in growing, managing and processing boxwood timber in the UK.
The felling season for box is a short window either side of Christmas, from the end of November to February when the trees are less active. The pale timber is at less risk of the dark staining which often happens when the trees are growing.
The occasions when good box timber enters the market are scarce and this article describes an ideal working model for the process.
Update November 2020 – Peter and Fiona gave a sample of the felled wood to a friend who was a cabinet maker and he counted the rings in the sample, 299 so the tree didn’t quite make it to its 300th birthday.
Thanks to Huw and Fiona Henley for the pictures and text of this story. If you have a boxwood tree that needs felling, then Huw can be contacted via the details below: