Category: timber treatment centre

Lovely morning, lovely load!

Maybe we should get out more but some days just start perfectly: a cracking, bright frosty morning here in Bishop’s Castle and a trailer load of treated timber ready to leave us for the customer. What more could anyone ask for?

Air dried Larch

Here’s another benefit to increased storage capacity at our mill: 3.6m larch boards kept in the dry ready and waiting for swift delivery. Larch of course is incredibly durable and has become very popular for use as cladding as well as being a traditional material for fencing. Delivered in bundles of 160, there’s plenty more… Read more »

A picture perfect acoustic installation

As the very last of the concrete storage area around our Timber Treatment Centre is poured (above) we’re cracking on with the installation of the acoustic fencing barrier which will reduce noise which might drift over from our long-established sawmill to the relatively new homes nearby. Panels like these are used throughout the UK near… Read more »

No post-brexit supply log-jams with Great British Timber from Ransfords

Even now the exact terms on which the UK will be leaving the EU are still unclear, so there’s a great deal of uncertainty about delays to imported supplies of a whole host of goods including timber. Great British Timber from Ransfords is grown here, felled here, and milled here so there will be no… Read more »

Look what we did

There aren’t many sawmills with the skills and ability let alone the willingness to cut posts like this: 200mm square post with a tenon cut at 100mm square. The mortise is in the support for the roof of a car port so precision was the order of the day. Whilst most of our production is… Read more »

It’s all about teamwork

One of the features of our business is the close relationships we have with other family businesses in the area. One such is David Ford Transport Services who regularly haul logs from the forest to us and finished product from us to the customer. When things get busy we’re not averse to using our Terberg… Read more »

Strength in numbers

Our mill is laid out in such a way that unnecessary movement of product is avoided. The material flows from one stage to another in the most efficient way possible. Of course some movement is unavoidable and, in the end, trailers have to be loaded for the despatch of finished product. These three beauties join… Read more »

500th load goes through our new Timber Treatment Centre

Less than 6 months since it became fully operational, this is the 500th load of timber being sent into our new fully automated Timber Treatment Centre, one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Built at a cost of £2.75 million, the new facility has dramatically increased the efficiency of our treatment… Read more »

Independence day? We have our own anniversary to celebrate!

It is 41 years to the day since the Evans Family of Bishop’s Castle stepped in to save the sawmill from bankruptcy. Alan Evans and his older brother Brian bought the mill for just £100 but along with the mill  came £1.5 million of debts to the bank and trade creditors. Every penny of that… Read more »

A closer look inside our new Timber Treatment Centre

This sequence shows untreated timber being loaded outside the new Centre then being moved across the floor towards the autoclave. As the untreated timber enters the autoclave a treated load which has been ejected earlier and left to drain is moved back across the floor to exit and then be stacked prior to delivery to the… Read more »

The forestry century

This year sees the centenary of the passing of the first Forestry Act which established the Forestry Commission and, in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, recognised the strategic importance of forestry and home grown timber. Confor will be marking the centenary throughout the year and has produced this logo to mark it…. Read more »

Beating those dreary wet winter Sunday blues

We’ve all experienced those dreary wet winter Sundays which seem to stretch on for ever. Our Operations Director beat one like that yesterday by visiting our forestry holding near Aberhosan which we are currently harvesting with MG Harvesting and Euroforest. The rain stopped just long enough to take these pictures.. and then down it came again. Even… Read more »

No part of the log shall be wasted

This is almost an 11th commandment for people in the timber trade and it’s as important to Ransfords as anyone. The more material we recover from every tree felled the more efficient we are and the more competitive we can be. This short clip shows small diameter round wood (the thinner part at the top… Read more »

An astonishing transformation

These two aerial view of our Bishop’s Castle sawmill were taken about 50 years apart in the 1960’s and earlier this year. We’ve circled two points common to each to help you get orientated. They’re about all that remain of the original buildings. The rest in the modern picture is the result of well over… Read more »

The new Timber Treatment Centre from the air

When the autoclave was craned into our new Timber Treatment Centre last week it was quite spectacular: a crane rated  with a lifting capacity of 400 tons hoisting a 52 ton object through the building frame and placing it exactly in position 16 metres away. Hats off to Sam Cook of Tremio Aerial Photography who flew the… Read more »

Big lifts, with more to come

Nine weeks almost to the day since the first structural steel arrived on site the huge tanks which will store the chemicals used in our new Timber Treatment Centre have been hoisted into place. Next to go in will be the massive autoclave, the vessel into which the timber is placed for treatment under extremely high pressure. We’ll… Read more »

A red letter day in the history of our sawmill

On the 4th July 1978 Alan and Brian Evans stepped in to save the Bishop’s Castle sawmill of Charles Ransford & Son Ltd which was on the verge of bankruptcy. At that time the mill employed over 120 people, all of them local and had the mill gone all of those jobs would have gone with… Read more »

A red letter day in the history of our sawmill

On the 4th July 1978 Alan and Brian Evans stepped in to save the Bishop’s Castle sawmill of Charles Ransford & Son Ltd which was on the verge of bankruptcy. At that time the mill employed over 120 people, all of them local and had the mill gone all of those jobs would have gone with… Read more »