SCOTTISH WOOD has historically had a rough deal. The best cuts were (and in many cases still are) shipped down to England or to Europe, while the balance is considered fence post quality or worthless and some is even dumped in landfill sites. As a result most timbers ultimately used in Scotland are imported. Much of was considered to be worthless was in fact beautiful wood with distinctive character and heritage.

Unlike the timbers from more temperate climates, which grow fast and straight, Scottish hardwoods have to work harder to survive in their more extreme physical environment. Like an old fisherman’s face, etched by weather and experience, so too are our indigenous timbers defined by their variations of colour and wild swirling grain.

There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price only are this man’s prey!— John Ruskin (1819-1900)