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Combines eye catching design with practical viewing platform in area of outstanding natural beauty.
Designed by Mick Pett to resemble an upturned boat it fits beautifully into this woodland environment.
An African inspired new building which gives visitors to Slimbridge an unusual, bird level view out onto the Flamingo lagoon. The largest of a series of five individually designed bird hides at the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve in Wales.
On these pages you will find information about our Perthshire based mobile sawmill service, locally-grown timber supply and custom sawmilling capabilities.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss anything to do with sawmilling, buying timber or supplying us with timber in the round.
Since 1991 I have cut timber for farms, estates, the Forestry Commission and private woodland owners, timber framers, boat builders, cabinet and  musical instrument makers and people with just one tree down in the garden who want to remember it in a piece of furniture.
We also do specialist custom cutting for those needing such varied stuff as a tapered flag pole, a fifty-two foot mainmast, some structural veneer or a dozen eight-sided columns. The 22ft (6.7m) runabout Panther was bought on eBay by a Poole businessman, who wanted a 180hp 1950s Chris-Craft 283 V-8 engine installed, writes Guy Venables. Boatbuilders Chris Somner Dinghy Services were appointed to do the restoration and new sapele and iroko timber was used for the double-diagonal planking, stem and timbers. With the ply bottom off and the intended planking in place, it was clear that these beautifully curved hulls were as beautifully sculptural as they were hydrodynamic.
Specialists Halyard were brought in for a discreet, vibration-free installation of the normally noisy American engine. CB reader Chris Price of Exeter built an Iain Oughtred-designed Tammie Norrie in his garage as a retirement project “to keep me out of trouble, as my wife would say”.


Not that long ago, almost every American high school had a shop programme, writes boatbuilder Greg Rossel.
The good news is that throughout the USA, there is a new industrial revolution where schools are experimenting with programmes that allow students to pursue academic and practical studies. It turns out that boatbuilding is a near-perfect vehicle for illustrating academic principles. Equally important, the students learn that all the class time behind the desk really is meaningful after all and it can be used to produce practical objects that matter.
Finland has a long tradition of building wooden boats, but this Iain Oughtred-designed daysailer may be the first Fulmar built for these northern seas. Some 33lb (15kg) of lead was added to the centreboard to improve her stability and an electric Torqeedo outboard engine (3hp equivalent with about a two-hour run time) was chosen. This entry was posted in News, Uncategorized, Yard News and tagged Chris Somner Dinghy Services, engine insulation, Fulmar, Graffship, Greg Rossel, Halyard engine, Iain Oughtred, Ingomar, junk rigger, Leaf of Bristol, Panther runabout, Tammie Norrie, Tim Loftus. Commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales, this large, practical hide gives superb views out over the Gwent Levels. If you would like to step out of this virtual world to pay us a visit, please call before doing so. This they did by boxing off the area with Maritex, a tough glassfibre cloth with a sealed metallised skin. She’s Sitka spruce on oak timbers, with a mahogany keel, transom and thwarts, and copper fastened. Presided over by a cranky instructor in a long lab coat, every male student was exposed to practical instruction in the way things worked – be it electricity, metals or wood. In one package, students use plane geometry for layout, deal with galvanic action for fastenings and use ratios to mix epoxy and scarph timbers. And the engineering skills used – whether creating composite structures or laying out a sail – have application in cutting-edge modern industry.


Charlotte was built as a two-year project by 24-year-old Aleksi Piironen at the reputed Kuggom Wooden Boat Building School, and launched in Helsinki.
The hull is pine, with an iroko transom, teak laid deck, Oregon pine mast and plenty of mahogany detailing. The team added a full set of handcrafted Caerbont Automotive Instruments, several layers of Awlwood MA J3890 Gloss varnish, and then the dampening work started. Then they installed an Aquadrive, an innovative drive shaft that has minimal vibration and soft engine mounts.
They see how exothermic reactions work, how incline planes are used, why aerofoils (sails) are effective, how vectors are useful in plotting a course and lots more. There is team effort, responsibility for quality, working to deadline and pride in workmanship. The original (also steel) was built in 1903, and gained fame through numerous race wins under the great Charlie Barr. There is plenty of sail, so the crew needs to be prepared for squalls by reefing in advance. She easily accommodates four and according to builder and family, “it is a true delight on a summer day with a warm, following breeze. Panther is now looking forward to classic boat rallies across Europe and days out in Poole Harbour.



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