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Hand Hewn Timber For Sale

Hewing is the process of shaping a tree in to a square or rectangular beam. It is a labour intensive process and is done using different sorts of axes. This method of shaping trees has been carried out across Europe from the Middle Ages to the current day and is still the primary method of shaping wood in some Eastern European countries.

The log is secured on hewing blocks or benches with a big metal staple called dogs. On both ends of the tree you mark out the shape you want and then with chalk lines the edges of the beam are marked on the side of the tree.

The next step is to cut notches every foot in the side of the tree to the depth of about 1/2 inch from the chalk line. The wood in between the notches is taken of with an axe to about 1/2 inch from the line. The rest is hewn off with a broadaxe up to the chalk line.

Shaping a beam in this way gives a rougher surface then sawing and results in a beautifully natural surface to the wood.

Woodsman hewing timber with an axe
Hand working the timber
Hewn timber showing its wonderfully natural look and feel

Hewn timbers can be made to order by Timber Structures. The cost varies depending on the type of wood used, oak, chestnut etc, and the dimension of the beams.

If your interested in hand hewn timber or learing more then please call us. Call us now on: 07792 729 888