Established in 1948 Nelson Butler & Son is one of the few remaining family run Saw Mills left in the U.K. Specializing and sourcing English Walnut, Rippled Sycamore, Brown Oak, Rippled Ash, Tiger Oak and Hornbeam. We pride ourselves on giving a personal service, whether you need one select piece of timber or an arctic load.
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Nelson Butler & Son Ltd was set up in 1948 by Nelson Butler. Who bought the company then known as Prestwood’s Timber from the Prestwood family which was, at that time, a third generation family business. It dealt mainly with the agricultural trade, supplying sheep and cattle troughs, oak thatching pegs and general timber supplies. Nelson took it on and branched out into the supply of pit props for the coalmines and timber for the steel industry. He also developed the major part of the business, exporting veneer quality logs all over the world.
We are one of the few remaining family run saw mills in the UK.
Nelson and Paul his son, ran the business this way up until the early eighties, they were then joined by Carl, Paul's son, and Nelson's grandson. Carl installed the wood yard's first log drying kiln in the 1980’s, this meant that instead of exporting all quality logs, we could now also cut and dry them in house and sell it as kiln dried timber for the British furniture trade. Based in Lincolnshire we have continued to specialize in, and source homegrown hardwoods such as elm, oak, sycamore, walnut, and ash and it has been our business to select the best logs from the UK’s forest stocks for three generations (now four with the arrival of Sam, Carl's son). We have been supplying kiln dried English hardwoods to high end furniture makers throughout the UK and abroad for the last 40 years. We pride ourselves in having a wide range of kiln dried stock, suitable for all kinds of projects, from table making, cabinet making, home bannisters/stairs, flooring and many more.
Many woodworkers from all over the UK choose to come to Nelson Butler and Son due to our expertise and capability of supplying very rare and interesting specialist timbers, we specialize in burry, rippled and spalted timber along with beautiully coloured logs/boards/slabs.
Before we even started selling kiln dried timber at Nelson Butler's, we had been cutting timber beams in our sawmill since the early fifties, and still do to this day. We cut mostly oak beams but also cut elm, Douglas fir, cedar and larch. We manufacture timber beams and cladding for builders, joiners, oak framers, landscapers, fencing companies, boat builders, gate makers etc.
Our vast experience and extensive knowledge on timber, gained from being in the trade for four generations makes us a top choice when it comes to buying timber, whether its fresh/green oak for framing you need, or some dried timber (kiln or air dried) for an inside job, we provide variation, quality and expert advice on each species.