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    Harts of Oak

     

     

     

     

    Beautiful uses of wood, both traditional and modern

     

     

     

  • About

    Hello, I'm Steve and welcome to the Harts of Oak

     

    Harts of Oak create bespoke timber buildings for a range of uses from garden offices, gyms and studios to granny annexes and holiday homes.

     

    We design according to your specific requirements and use traditional building methods, tying in with our philosophy of low impact development in harmony with natural surroundings.

     

    We are passionate about the use of locally sourced wood products, preventing the import of foreign hardwoods from non-renewable sources, and promoting the management of local forests.

     

    PS: That's me in the suit of armour on the Education page ;-)

  • Oak Framed Buildings

    From restoration work to new build, from extensions to porches

    - all in beautiful English timber

    Shown here: a two storey workshop and office

    Oak framed buildings have stood for centuries in every town throughout the country, the beauty of their design remaining a source of pride for those who use them.

    Timber is a natural insulator due to air pockets within its cellular structure which act as a barrier to both heat and cold.

    Shown here: two storey dwelling

    Timber is a natural insulator due to air pockets within its cellular structure which act as a barrier to both heat and cold. Timber is seven times more thermally insulating than brick and where it is used to form a frame then additional insulating material can be placed in the spaces between the exterior and interior cladding.

    Shown here: oak frame shelter in knebworth house

    Timber also has a greater ability to dampen acoustic vibrations than most other materials so is excellent where a sound barrier is necessary.

    And of course, timber buildings lock in carbon, unlike brick which for every ton of finished bricks, produce about one ton of carbon in their manufacture.

    Shown here: single room log cabin

    Timber also has a greater ability to dampen acoustic vibrations than most other materials so is excellent where a sound barrier is necessary.

    And of course, timber buildings lock in carbon, unlike brick which for every ton of finished bricks, produce about one ton of carbon in their manufacture.

    Listed building refurbishment

    We also specialise in the refurbishment and repair of listed and period buildings, making use of traditional methods and materials. The scope of our work ranges from brickwork and chimneys to interiors, all carried out with a meticulous attention to detail.

  • Wood products

    Handmade in the workshop and each one as individual as you are!

    Benches

    Oak benches

    Different sizes and styles made from local oak

    Chairs

    Storyteller's chair

    Made from oak from local forest

    Signposting

    Wayfarer signs for Broxbourne woods

    A commission for countryside management services using Douglas fir extracted from Broxbourne woods

  • Charcoal

    An ancient craft

    Today's charcoal

    With the barbecue becoming an ever more popular event in the UK it should be noted that at the moment the UK imports over 92% of its charcoal, mostly from unregulated forests.

    How we do it

    The first records of a charcoal makers licence was granted in 1200 AD and shows how it was once a very important business to the English economy and way of life.

     

    Harts of Oak are making charcoal in Broxbourne using timber extracted as part of a conservation program which is helping regenerate the forest and interest in it. Trees are coppiced to encourage new growth.

    English charcoal is of a much higher quality than imported 'lumpwood,' much of which much is taken from disappearing jungles, rainforests and mangroves.

    Our charcoal not only gets hotter more quickly than its imported equivalent, but burns with less fumes, providing a superior cooking fuel.

     

    Please contact us for charcoal prices

  • Biochar

    biochar for sale

    What is biochar?

    Instead of letting organic waste rot and give off volatile gases it can be made into Biochar, useful for gardeners and farmers as a soil improver, it also locks in carbon.

    made in a retort kiln using gas locked in organic material conversion takes place as the temperature is closely managed and at a specific point oxygen is removed and biochar is the end result.

    How is it made

    if you throw organic waste into landfill it rots giving off volatile organic compounds adding to global warming..made into biochar only good can come of it in locking carbon indefinatly,most of our raw material is waste oak from sawmill activates or hornbeam and hazel from local coppicing activity which keeps trees alive for much longer and is a ancient way of managing woodland increasing biodiversity and carbon capture through vigorous regrowth.

    Why is is so important

    if you throw organic waste into landfill it rots giving off volatile organic compounds adding to global warming..made into biochar only good can come of it in locking carbon indefinatly,most of our raw material is waste oak from sawmill activates or hornbeam and hazel from local coppicing activity which keeps trees alive for much longer and is a ancient way of managing woodland increasing biodiversity and carbon capture through vigorous regrowth.

    Why is is so important

    if you throw organic waste into landfill it rots giving off volatile organic compounds adding to global warming..made into biochar only good can come of it in locking carbon indefinatly,most of our raw material is waste oak from sawmill activates or hornbeam and hazel from local coppicing activity which keeps trees alive for much longer and is a ancient way of managing woodland increasing biodiversity and carbon capture through vigorous regrowth.

    Why is is so important

  • Get in touch

    I look forward to hearing from you

    EN11 8LS
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat & Sun 10am-1pm
    07794 065674