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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.

The timber we use is Pinus Silvestris or Scots Pine which has often been growing for more than 130 years at latitude above 65 degrees north. Because it is slowly grown the timber is more dense which ensures a high quality close grain less susceptible to dead knots.

The timber mill cuts down the right sized tree. The mill manages their forests in a sustainable way ensuring they replant each one.

After the tree has been cut, VMF (The Timber Measuring Association for the Northern Area of Sweden) carries out a delivery inspection and marks the timber with the supplier's identification number. Experienced employees from VMF classify and sort the timber according to its size and quality. Meaning that all timber cut can be traced back to the forest in which it is grown.

The logs are then transported by lorry to the mill. They only deal with timber grown within 150 km of the mill.

The logs are then de-barked; the bark is pulped and sent to a paper mill.

The log is then sawn into workable pieces; any off-cuts are used to fuel the kiln. There is therefore no waste.

The pieces are then kilned (like putting the timber in an oven) to achieve the required moisture content of the timber. Crane Garden Buildings need the correct moisture content for external, British conditions and also so that the timber can be used with our 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.

When the timber is dried correctly there is another sorting process. Firstly each piece is machine checked and then hand checked for the correct grading of the timber. Making certain of consistently high quality timber.

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

The timber is then stacked and ready for transportation by road, then rail, then ferry and finally by road to our yard. The timber is sent directly to us, it is not sitting on docks or waiting (and deteriorating) for transportation by other companies, again ensuring the very highest quality that we can.

Environmental Considerations


Crane Garden Buildings operate a comprehensive Environmmental 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.