Timber Trades Journal Online


Barking building blaze raises questions over use of fire-retardants
12 June, 2019 A Barking apartment development which suffered a serious fire should have had its wooden balconies and cladding treated with industrial fire retardants, a statement by timber groups has said.
  • At their peak
    Employees from XL Joinery put their best foot forward as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, raising a total of £1,025 for children’s charity, Buttercup Children’s Trust.
  • LSC donates to Cerys charity
    The London Softwood Club (LSC) has made a donation of £750 to the Brighter Futures Fund, which was set up in memory of 10-year-old Cerys, daughter of Paul Mason-Hughes, who is the cousin of LSC secretary Cindy Crancher.


Show and tell
14 June, 2019 Diversity in wood products was on show to 30 student members of the Institute of Carpenters’ London City Hub during a visit to Arnold Laver, organised by the TTF
  • No such thing as “WBP” plywood
    Jim Coulson of TFT Woodexperts reminds us that the WBP designation for plywood was withdrawn 25 years ago and using the term now is incorrect and misleading
  • Better Connected
    Hardwood and premium grade softwoood importer and distributor Timber Connection has undergone a transformation. Stephen Powney meets the directors
  • Think Southern Yellow
    America’s southern yellow pine industry is continuing to build a worldwide following, including in Europe, writes Charles Trevor.
  • Transfused and transformed
    The Blushing Bar show piece by designer-maker Sebastian Cox has already prompted a toast to red oak at the Wallpaper Handmade exhibition at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, next it will feature on the AHEC stand at Interzum. Mike Jeffree reports.


US Hardwood Heads for a Diverse Export Future
15 May, 2019 The US-China trade war is causing a fundamental change in the American hardwood industry’s trading outlook and one outcome is renewed focus on the European market, writes American Hardwood Export Council executive director Mike Snow
  • A question of durability
    The BRE is embarking on a European programme to develop a performance life software tool to facilitate specification of timber in construction, writes Ed Suttie.
  • Driving Up Standards, Attracting Talent
    The year ahead looks challenging, but the BWF is not about to relax its efforts supporting the woodworking sector to further improve performance and recruit and hone the skills of its next generation of employees, says chief executive Helen Hewitt
  • Getting training on track
    Progress is being made, but improving training and education continues to be an imperative for the future of the timber sector, writes Geoff Rhodes of forest products and international trade consultancy GRA, recipient of TTJ’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award