Woodland Student Blog – Day Two

This year we have teamed up with students at the University of East London for a construction week looking at historical techniques of timber furniture making and translating these techniques into methods of construction.

We began looking at the design and engineering of the Windsor Chair and how it can act as inspiration for efficient minimalist timber structures, using locally sourced, small-scale timber. By understanding how lower-grade timber can be utilised, we are able to relate a building’s construction to a long-term woodland management plan. Developing techniques to enable timber extracted for the health of the woodland to remain on-site in the building.

Here is what the students have been up to!

Day 2 – Tuesday 3rd October

The UEL students and Studio Bark team continued from Monday’s task, working on making and perfecting the sweet chestnut shakes to be sampled up on a 600mm x 600mm board.

In the process, the students learned how to attach shakes. They learned the importance of battens, counter-battens, and how to use both hand and electrical tools in the process.

Studio Bark had given the students the task of drawing a detailed section of a timber framed wall and roof and attaching the shakes.


They later ran a feedback workshop and gave an introduction into new insulation types, specifically looking at warm and cold roofs. From this activity, students felt that this guidance helped them gain new knowledge on the individual layers of an insulated, timber frame wall and technical roof details, later to be used when constructing the shake sample panel.

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