At Holdenbys we pride ourselves on ensuring the highest quality timbers are used to make our gates, this combined with the traditional methods of joinery results in a good quality gates that will last for many years.

All timbers used come from sustainable well managed forests and all carry FSC and PEFC

Below are some examples of the most popular timbers used to make our gates to help you choose the perfect finish for you.

At Holdenbys we pride ourselves on ensuring the highest quality timbers are used to make our gates, this combined with the traditional methods of joinery results in a good quality gates that will last for many years.

All timbers used come from sustainable well managed forests and all carry FSC and PEFC

Below are some examples of the most popular timbers used to make our gates to help you choose the perfect finish for you.

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Scandanavian Redwood

Also known as Scots Pine it is good quality timber.This softwood originates from Scandinavia or Russia and is commonly used for all types of building work. It is a light coloured softwood, that can easily take to many finishes, but will need to be regularly maintained to keep its appearance as it’s not as durable as the Hardwoods.

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Red Cedar Softwood

Red Cedar or Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most durable woods. It originates from the North West of the USA including Canada and even Alaska. This softwood has twice the stability of most commonly available softwoods due to its low density and shrinkage factors. Red Cedar is a very lightweight, but relatively soft timber that has a natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage. It is light reddish-brown to dark reddish-brown in colour with a tight straight grain but can fade to a weathered grey with time.

Idigbo Hardwood

Idigbo is a great all rounder Hardwood. It is light in colour, very durable and stable. Originating from West Africa it is often used as a more cost effective option to Oak. It features straight close grains and has an almost honey colour once oiled. It naturally repels water and is fairly resistant to insect or fungi attack

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Iroko Hardwood

This Hardwood is both durable and resistant to decay. Originating from West Africa and often used as an alternative to Teak as it is very similar in density, grain structure and colour after ageing. Iroko is yellow when freshly machined and quickly changes to medium, then darker brown, and when it is oiled it can have more of a caramel colour with a very distinct grain pattern.

Sapele Hardwood

This hardwood is moderately durable and has a more random grain appearance. It originates from West Africa, and is a reddish-brown in colour it has a high resistance to rot and water damage, but will also benefit from extra protection. When oiled the interlocking grain results in a shimmer almost pearlescent effect.

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Oak Hardwood

Often known as English Oak or European Oak. This hardwood is remarkably strong and durable wood, it has a straight grain with a coarse, uneven texture. It has a very good resistance to decay, and for this reason is commonly used in boatbuilding. English Oak has a light to medium brown appearance, which can turn to a honey  coloured when oiled.

Scandanavian Redwood

Also known as Scots Pine it is good quality timber.This softwood originates from Scandinavia or Russia and is commonly used for all types of building work. It is a light coloured softwood, that can easily take to many finishes, but will need to be regularly maintained to keep its appearance as it’s not as durable as the Hardwoods.

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Red Cedar Softwood

Red Cedar or Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most durable woods. It originates from the North West of the USA including Canada and even Alaska. This softwood has twice the stability of most commonly available softwoods due to its low density and shrinkage factors. Red Cedar is a very lightweight, but relatively soft timber that has a natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage. It is light reddish-brown to dark reddish-brown in colour with a tight straight grain but can fade to a weathered grey with time.

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Idigbo Hardwood

Idigbo is a great all rounder Hardwood. It is light in colour, very durable and stable. Originating from West Africa it is often used as a more cost effective option to Oak. It features straight close grains and has an almost honey colour once oiled. It naturally repels water and is fairly resistant to insect or fungi attack

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Iroko Hardwood

This Hardwood is both durable and resistant to decay. Originating from West Africa and often used as an alternative to Teak as it is very similar in density, grain structure and colour after ageing. Iroko is yellow when freshly machined and quickly changes to medium, then darker brown, and when it is oiled it can have more of a caramel colour with a very distinct grain pattern.

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Sapele Hardwood

This hardwood is moderately durable and has a more random grain appearance. It originates from West Africa, and is a reddish-brown in colour it has a high resistance to rot and water damage, but will also benefit from extra protection. When oiled the interlocking grain results in a shimmer almost pearlescent effect.

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Oak Hardwood

Often known as English Oak or European Oak. This hardwood is remarkably strong and durable wood, it has a straight grain with a coarse, uneven texture. It has a very good resistance to decay, and for this reason is commonly used in boatbuilding. English Oak has a light to medium brown appearance, which can turn to a honey  coloured when oiled.

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