Timber Trades Journal Online


Joinery producers increasing investment despite slowing sales growth
19 January, 2018 The British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) Joinery State of Trade Survey Q4 2017 has indicated that investment in product improvement and customer research is growing despite rising raw material costs and slowing sales growth.


Wood fuel debate heats up
29 December, 2017 The approaching festive season puts Graham Ormondroyd in the mood to sit by a DEFRA-approved log-burning stove
  • Golden opportunity
    A social enterprise in west London is making use of waste materials and teaching valuable woodworking skills. Keren Fallwell reports
  • Prize Projects
    The winning projects in this year’s Wood Awards illustrate timber’s versatility and aesthetics for structural, interior and exterior applications
  • Points Make Prizes
    Cheshire Mouldings is looking to fully harness the power of e-commerce while delivering customer benefits, reports Stephen Powney


Putting timber on the map
04 January, 2018 On the front cover of this issue is the timber-resplendent Hastings Pier, a worthy winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – UK architecture’s highest award. It really is a fantastic project and is great advert for the use of timber.
  • Collaboration and Creativity are keys to Training
    To recruit and retain new personnel, the timber industry must move training from the tried and tested, and refocus on ways to fully realise the potential of its employees. Donaldson Timber Engineering business development director and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Luke Roberts writes
  • The Timber Trade needs diversity
    Charles Taylor, a timber merchant with 20 years’ experience and sales director of wood plastic specialist Composite Prime, discusses the rise of composite materials and why the timber trade should embrace change to remain relevant in the market
  • Education and encouragement
    The timber industry must provide effective education and showcase the range of career opportunities it offers if it is to attract the new young talent it needs, says Ridgeons Forest Products buyer and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Christopher Wait
  • Double jeopardy of due diligence
    Two cases of breaches of the European Timber Regulation have come to court. Although the story behind each is quite different, David Hopkins, managing director of the TTF, believes they highlight the industry’s moral and legal obligations