Ash tree in the photograph below grew in Bradfield Woods just 8 miles
from Orchard Barn. It was felled in order to let more light into the
woods and would have been converted into great firewood if Orchard Barn
hadn't bought the tree and had it planked up.
The tree was milled by
David Davison of Pakenham into 1" thick boards using a mobile Lucas
mill. The boards were air-dried in the orchard for four years before
being made into our barn doors. Rick Lewis taught a group of
Traditional Carpentry students. After 3 days the doors were constructed
replicated the exact size and ratio of the original doors. We even
re-used the hinges. However the pintels that the doors hang on are new
- they were made by our local blacksmith.
The woods are our favourite timber