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Sawmill a cut above the rest
AN ANTIQUES dealer who saved a 19th century sawmill from the brink of closure is celebrating a decade in charge of the business.
Established in the 1800s for the Duncombe Park Estate, near Helmsley, Duncombe Sawmill was taken over by Emma Woods ten years ago after she moved to the area and saw potential in the dwindling enterprise.
Her ten years in charge have seen many highs and lows from flash flooding causing the mill to close for 10 weeks in 2005, to Ms Woods being named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Yorkshire Rural Awards in 2009.
In her anniversary year Ms Woods has praised her highly skilled team, many of which have been working with timber for more than 25 years, for the success of the business.
Paying tribute to manager Chris Storey she said: “It wouldn’t have worked if it was just me.”
Ms Wood, who is an antique dealer by training, and has run her own antique silver business in London, added: “The standards and ethics of the company are very high and our sourcing policies for high quality raw timber means we only purchase from FSC approved suppliers.
“The majority of our timber is sourced locally and the rest comes from within the UK.”
The business has seen many of the traditions of the original sawmill combined with the investment in state of the art equipment, so it has been able to extend its portfolio of products, which now includes garden and driveway gates, garage doors, agricultural and garden fencing, arbours, picnic tables and seats, compost bins, planters and play equipment.
Ms Wood, who had the honour of cataloguing the Queen’s silver collection at Buckingham Palace, said:”If it’s wooden and for the outdoors we can usually make it.”
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