Green oak delivery

April 14th 2003: After a lot of searching and obtaining quite a few quotes, I have decided to buy the timber from English Woodlands Timber in West Sussex following a visit one afternoon. I placed the order for delivery after Easter. My first task is to drill a couple of holes in the stones supporting the front of the teahouse - do I need a diamond drill or will and ordinary masonry tungsten-tipped drill work I wonder?

April 30th 2003: Well, the green oak arrived on time, but boy there seems to be a lot and it was rather heavy to say the least!

4" x 4" green oak arriving on a flat-back

No way could I get the flat-back into the garden!

I'll let the wood dry out for a two or three weeks before starting the build.

The sides and floor joists

These are the roof bearers and the smaller pieces for the shoji windows.

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