The workshop has three parts, the first is the is original 17th century brick and flint building, which was extended with a brick and block structure, and finally a Douglas Fir timber frame extension, which has been clad in Siberian Larch. As well as providing additional space this part of the building will also provide an example of the quality of work that is achieved by Norton Garden Structures. Pictures of the workshop are included in this section.
Two of the main timbers used are Western Red Cedar and Iroko, which are purchased as sawn timber in standard sizes, and European Oak which is purchased as seasoned wany edged boards. All the timbers are purchased from reputable timber merchants who are members of the various associations that support responsible sourcing.
Seasoned Oak is the most expensive timber used, and has higher machining costs. Therefore structures made in Oak are considerably more expensive than those made in Cedar.
The timbers are machined into the required components for whatever structure is being built. The machines typically involved are bench saws, bandsaws, radial arm saws, planers, spindle moulders, morticers and all the usual hand tools.
Whilst several small structures can be made simultaneously, larger structures are made sequentially.
All structures are assembled in the workshop, as illustrated in the pictures, to ensure that any snags are resolved before delivery to the clients site.