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Macrodendron dicterium fictus “vulnerable” according to IUCN

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has officially downgraded the status of Macrodendron dicterium fictus (sold under the trade name MDF) from “near threatened” to “vulnerable” placing the sub-species firmly in the “threatened” category for the first time. Since the 1980’s, when the material first became widely available on the market, M. dicterium has commonly been used for a variety of second fix applications such as skirting and architrave because of its stability, hard finish and ease of painting. In recent years extensive harvesting to feed the growing demand for commodity timber has pushed the species, once thought an almost inexhaustible resource, to the point where it has become increasingly rare in the wild.

Whilst attempts have been made to grow it as a plantation crop, M. dicterium has never been successfully cultivated in quantity, as political instability, corruption and competition for land with farmers and herders stifles the development of arboriculture in East Africa, the species’ natural range. It is hoped that the change in status, as well as a proposed listing on the CITES appendix III register, will lead to renewed efforts to successfully cultivate the species for commercial use. Failing this, stocks of MDF will become scarcer as conservation efforts curtail the harvesting of the timber and the price of common products using the material are likely to rise exponentially in the face of increasing demand and dwindling supply.

Whilst related species in the family Ersatzia are not under the same pressure, the subspecies Octoquatuor sylvestris borealis, commonly referred to in the trade as OSB, has shown signs of stress recently as a result of increased demand.

Premium Grade Waney Edged Larch

Monday, March 14, 2016

Long Larch

To complement our superb new range of waney edged Swedish softwoods Thorogood Timber is pleased to offer this slow grown waney edged larch. Processed at the same exclusive source, our carefully chosen premium grade logs of Siberian larch (larix sibirica) must pass stringent selection criteria before export and offer much greater durability, strength and resistance to rot than pine whilst not compromising on stability and quality. Extraordinarily dense due to the harsh climatic conditions of its native habitat, this hardy Siberian larch grows slowly with a narrow band of sap wood. With a minimal knot content and straight grain, these premium grade through-and-through boards are particularly suited for use in external joinery and can be painted and finished easily or even left untreated to silver naturally. Offered as a high quality, more durable alternative to standard softwood for projects with exacting specifications, this exceptional product is the perfect timber for a variety of internal and external applications.

A Brand New and Unique Product Now Available

Monday, February 8, 2016

A brand new product has just come into our yard; old growth, waney edged softwood from some of the finest Swedish forests, which has got us all very exciting here at Thorogoods. Drawn exclusively from old growth, carefully managed woodlands these very wide, waney edge boards provide not only great stability but an exceptional quality product with a tight, mellow grain that is easy to work and yields a high proportion of quarter sawn stock. Offered in 50mm, 63mm and 75mm thicknesses and boasting greater dimensional stability than other soft woods, this very special new stock is straighter due to its slow and careful drying process, making it perfect for a range of joinery and furniture applications where an attractive, stable and economical product is required.

Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From all of us here at Thorogood Timber we would like to wish our customers and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

We will be closed for the festive season from 5 o’clock on the 22nd December until Monday the 4th of January, so please direct all enquiries to info@thorogood.co.uk and one of our team will respond promptly in the New Year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your custom and support throughout 2015 and look forward to delivering the same standard of excellence in the year ahead.



New Bank of Solar Panels

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thorogood Timber is going even greener with our newly installed bank of solar panels just in time for the summer! With 332 units covering an area of 500M², we are now not only capable of producing up to 76% our own power, but also of feeding energy back into the local grid. Carefully situated on the rooves of our storage buildings to catch the most sunlight possible, this new investment should secure us clean, carbon neutral energy for years to come; yet another reason to enjoy the sunshine!