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Green Ash Laths

Postby Funky Shrek » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:29 pm

Im looking for someone to supply me with green ash laths for a boat building project I have! They will need to be either 1/4" or 1/8" thick 1 and a half inches wide and 8 feet long! Looking for approx 100 to start with and would need this to be an ongoing order each week. Hopefully increasing. Preferably as close to Dover as possible. Many Thanks.
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby robin wood » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Are you going into mass coracle production? I can't supply but it may help if you specify sawn or riven. Sawn would be much cheaper and easier, it is what most coracle builders use.
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby Funky Shrek » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:38 am

Thanks for the advice, sawn would be fine. You'll have to excuse my ignorance as I am very new to this.
(Had to check to find out what riven meant!)
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby RangerKris » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:38 pm

Grrrrr we just coppiced loads of Ash in 6ft lengths and we are pretty close.
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby robin wood » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:25 pm

I would just contact your local sawmill they should be able to supply.
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby Funky Shrek » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:17 pm

I have tried the saw mills that are local to me but haven't had a great deal of success yet! Im even considering re sharpening a table saw blade for ripping and trying to get hold of some 8' ash in the round.
I wouldn't class myself as novice to woodwork but I am discovering that "greenwood" working is a different subject alltogther. It looks like Im in for a very steep learning curve!
BUT I do love a challenge and am going slowly mad, working with plywood and MDF every day!
I remember when I used to LOVE working with wood without the need for dust extraction! Filters! Breathing masks! Electronic blade brakes! and spending 1 day a week filling out forms for whatever new ruling the local health and safety exc had invented

( Apologies if MDF and Plywood, are deemed as swear words!!!)
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby Robin Fawcett » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:46 pm

There are probably very few people in the country skilled enough to split laths to that size, and that's a shame.
I can't help thinking how much more environmentally friendly it would be - no waste sawdust etc. - but how much more skill is needed both physical and mental.
Maybe Wocko - tho' he splits mainly oak
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby RangerKris » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:57 am

Funky if you wanted yo come up to the park for a session on laths im sure i could get some ash long enough to have a good go at making some, ive not done any yet but sure willing to give it a crack one Sunday.
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby robin wood » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:10 am

The perfect tool for cutting these is a woodmizer sawmill. I would contact the importers, adress below, they maintain a list of all the folks offering milling services and sawn wood and I suspect may lead you to a supplier.


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Kenward Road, Yalding
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Tel: +44 1622 813201
Fax: +44 1622 815534
WWW: www.woodmizer.co.uk
E-mail: info@woodmizer.co.uk
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Re: Green Ash Laths

Postby Funky Shrek » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:57 pm

Thanks for all the advice.

Decided the best way to learn is to try it!

I was introduced through a farming friend, to a retired coppicer from Kent, called Fred, (89!) who showed me the basics of splitting, and VERY kindly gave me his one of his old froes.

He told me that he was given this, by an "old boy" as he put it nearly 60 years ago.

I have a week off, and have got hold of some green ash poles, so guess what Im doing all next week!!

His wife told me that he was amazed that someone was showing an interest in greenwood!,(Which I found quite sad).

He had even cancelled his usual trip to the bowls club that he has every Saturday.

He used to work in the woods from 7 in the morning till it went dark, 6 days a week! AND cycle between 5 - 20 Miles each way! depending on where he was working! Only with a 5 year break when he was in WW2!!!

Amazing man with a wealth of knowledge and a true countryman! Could have, and will, talk to him for hours!

I have promised that I will keep him informed of my progress.
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