This month saw the APF Show at Ragley Estate. It was a well laid out exhibition with a good range of forestry equipment on display - a few more working demos and more big boys toys would have been nice.
Horse logging training 10/11th October - Norsey Wood Local Nature Reserve, Outwood Common Road, Billericay, CM11 1HA.
£150 per person - Learn about the ancient art of Horse Logging and how to harness a horse for work. Find out about different types of timber extraction methods. Contact Matt 07814003787 or email email@example.com
The Enchanted Forest Perthshire’s renowned Enchanted Forest sound and light show is a feast for your senses. The event takes place outdoors, at Faskally Wood and offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors, at night and with spectacular imagery.
Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.
The Enchanted Forest is renowned to be Scotland’s premier sound and light experience and attracts over 30,000 visitors every year.
Ponsse Deutschland - Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH. To celebrate 80 years Wahlers are having an open day on Saturday 11th October from 14:00 18:00. You can expect information booths, a large exhibition of accessories and the latest Ponsse machines on site, including the Scorpion and a brand new Buffalo with ActiveFrame technology. The day will have Wahlers's style of music, game, fun for all ages and culinary highlights.
Salo Machinery had the Eschlböck Bieber 84 chipper on display. This is the first chipper to have the Euro 6 Engine. They also had some very nice beer and wine on their stand!
Simon O'Rouke Tree Carving Ltd
The A W Jenkinson and UPM Tilhill European Chainsaw Carving Competitions at the APF had the best 25 carvers in Europe competing to take the title. Simon O'Rouke did this sculpture called "Fly Away" over the 3 days at the show. It was amazing to watch Simon turn a block of wood into this beautiful fairy with a chainsaw. Competition was very high and Simon didn't win, but I a m sure she will be very happy in her new home in London.
Photo of the Month
This is my office
It was nice to see a steam powered saw bench in operation. The only downside I could see with it was it burned almost 3 times the amount of wood it produced!
Exc@v8 - Total Plant Solutions Ltd's stand had a nice display. They are the UK Dealers for Menzi Muck and Konrad Forsttechnik's products - Highlander Harvester, Woody Heads and the Mounty Skylines and carriages.
Fecon Bio Harvester
This unique piece of Forestry Equipment simultaneously fells, chips and collects all in one operation.
It is powered by a Caterpillar 6 cylinder C13 tier111 engine giving an output of 440hp@2100rpm.
This Bio Harvester is ideal for timber/scrublands where the diameter of the produce to be cleared is 8" or less
How real men get a lift to work in the morning.
What a beautiful piece of furniture
Timber Markets remain strong with Chipwood fetching £41/tonne and Sawlogs £58/tonne at roadside.
Major investments by Norbord at Inverness and Estover at the Macallan distillery in Speyside are keeping confidence in the Industry high.
BSW are up to 10,000 tonne a week throughput at it's Fortwilliam Sawmill.