The Lisnavagh Timber Project

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Newsletter  - September 2002  -  Issue No.5

Welcome to this edition of the Newsletter for the Lisnavagh Timber Project (LTP)

Please note:
William Bunbury will be away for the month of October.

Any enquiries received during this time will be dealt with upon his return.

Our current supplies & stock

We currently have stocks of oak, ash, elm, beech, spalted beech, elm, wych elm, lime, birch, sycamore, pine and larch.

Despite some very satisfactory orders and sales recently, our stock list includes over 2000 cu ft of timber at present.

A summary of stock and price list are now available, upon request.

Our resources

We have already begun to identify a number of trees that would be suitable for inclusion in next years sawing programme, including some more elm. This work will commence in the late winter/early spring as there is likely, as always, to be some fallen timber coming available at that time - depending on what sort of a winter we have!

Other potential resources & the future

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, resources from many estates and farms around Ireland could be pooled together to provide a substantial and consistent supply of timber to Ireland's furniture industry. Whether this is by way of private co-operative type organisations, partnerships or some other means is yet to be seen, but we believe that it MUST be the way forward for the hardwood timber industry in Ireland.

The LTP is already finding timber for clients from locations outside Lisnavagh when this is appropriate (e.g. for volumes of timber that we do not have in stock). This is because we feel that every enquiry SHOULD result in a sale if at all possible, even it means several telephone calls to other suppliers. We aim to be highly competitive, and we believe that there is generally enough room within the pricing structure of hardwood timber to achieve attractive prices and still retain a profit margin for our efforts.

A scheme, which would encourage owners of farms & estates to perhaps "partner" with the LTP is currently being considered. This would provide the owners with a greater income for their timber than if they were to simply "flog it to the timber merchant". If you would like to be part of the consultation process for this scheme, please contact William Bunbury (


As always, every plank of hardwood timber that comes off the sawbench is reference numbered, measured and catalogued on our comprehensive database.

This database is the key to the traceability of our timber and allows us to trace timber in a piece of furniture back to the stump of the tree that it came from, with a full history of why the tree was felled or why it came down, along with what measures were taken to replace the tree.

It would also provide the basis for calculating "dividends" payable to any partner's timber following a sale of their timber.

Sales & Marketing

Our web site and word-of-mouth continue to be our greatest marketing tools for bringing in new customers. There are also leaflets and flyers explaining the Project, which have been distributed selectively to date.

And Finally...

Thank you for reading this Newsletter, which is hopefully of interest.

If you have any comments, please hit "Reply" and let us have them!

William McClintock Bunbury
The Lisnavagh Timber Project




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Contact information

William McClintock Bunbury
The Lisnavagh Timber Project
Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Co Carlow, Ireland

Tel:             (059) 9161285       Int'l: +353 59 91 61285
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