Where We Get Our Timber

We partner a timber mill in North Sweden (FSCĀ® certified like ourselves) to ensure we get a constant supply of high quality certificated timber.


We use Pinus Silvestris or Scots Pine, slow grown for more than 130 years at latitude above 65 degrees north. This makes it a higher quality, close grain, which features less knots.

The timber mill cuts down the right sized tree, replanting each one, to ensure a sustainable supply. After the tree has been cut, VMF (The Timber Measuring Association for the Northern Area of Sweden) inspects and marks the timber with a supplier identification number. It is then and classified and sorted according to size and quality, ensuring all timber can be traced back to the forest in which it is grown.

The logs, which are only grown within 150km of the mill, are transported by lorry to the mill and de-barked; the bark is pulped and sent to a paper mill.

From there, logs are sawn into workable pieces and off-cuts used to fuel the kiln, ensuring that there is no waste.

The cut pieces are kiln-dried (essentially, putting the timber in an oven) to the required moisture content needed to cope with the British weather conditions and ensure they are compatible with our chosen paint systems. Too dry and the timber will swell and take on moisture ; too wet and the timber will rot more quickly and will not marry well with the paint system.

After the timber is dried, it is resorted and firstly machine checked, finally being hand checked for the correct grading of the timber. This makes certain the timber is of consistently high quality.

Each piece of timber is then planed through a Molder machine for a smooth finish.

The timber is then sent directly to us, transported by rail, ferry and finally by road to our yard - it does not spend any time deteriorating in storage units or waiting for transportation by other companies, again ensuring the very highest quality that we can.

Environmental Considerations

Crane Garden Buildings operate a comprehensive Environmental Policy covering all aspects of the business from operations through to materials procurement.

  • The timber mill does not produce any landfill or waste.
  • Any off-cuts before the timber is kilned is either pulped and used in making paper or used to heat the kilning process.
  • Any off-cuts after the timber is kilned goes either as shavings used for animal bedding or into pellets used to fuel timber fed boilers.
  • All forest is replanted and harvested in a sustainable way.
  • The timber mill only deals with timber farmed within 150km radius of their mill.

We hope this planning advice has been helpful to you.

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