What's Happening & Who's Exhibiting at Logie Timber Festival
The inaugural Logie Timber Festival celebrates the opening of Logie Timber, its sawmill and The Boardroom, our showroom at Logie Steading.
The Boardroom will be officially opened on Saturday. Inside you will find Logie Timber boards, wood products and craftsmanship, as well as displays about the process of setting up Logie Timber and building the impressive round-wood log building that houses the sawmill.
Visitors will be invited to go up and view the building, sawmill and timber over the weekend. You will be able to view the various kit, see the mill working, manned by Ross Howie, and there will be Q&A sessions at the sawmill from Alec Laing & Mark Councill, the partners in the business.
in the Long Room on Saturday, open 10 am - 5 pm
An art exhibition all about wood, featuring David Caldwell, Ian Grant, D
Tom Christian's Tree Walk and Tree Talk are two exciting ticketed events happening on the Sunday from the renowned arborist who says,
'Scotland is home to fewer than two dozen native tree species, yet all across the country in woods, forests and estates are planted many hundreds more that have been brought here from all over the world. Some of these have become popular ornamental trees in great landscapes and domestic gardens, some are highly sought after collectors items, while other have become the mainstay of Scotland's forestry industry and make a significant contribution to the rural economy. The story of Scotland's treescape is one of intrepid explorers and visionary tree-planters, this talk will trace this 400 year history, telling the inextricably entwined stories of trees and people, and how both have shaped the Scotland we see today.'
Sunday, approx 1.30 am and 1.30 pm. TBC. For ticket information please contact email@example.com
Tom Christian is a botanical horticulturist and conservationist specialising in trees, and one of the UK's leading experts on conifers. Tom studied Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, graduating in 2008, and continued to be based there until summer 2017, working closely with the International Conifer Conservation Programme on collaborative projects throughout the UK.
His work has involved expeditions to collect and study plants around the world, including visits to Chile, China, Japan, Bhutan, Lebanon, and Morocco, as well as several European countries, to make seed collections for ex-situ conservation collections, especially of conifers, and to make field observations in order to enhance our understanding of conservation issues. In 2017 Tom visited Chile, New Zealand, and the French Territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific Ocean.
Within the UK Tom has visited hundreds of gardens and designed landscapes, working closely with land owners and land managers to develop and enhance their plant collections. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Ken Martin memorial award, given by the Scottish branch of the Arboricultural Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scottish arboriculture.
Tom is a trustee of the charity Woodland Heritage and a member of the IUCN conifer specialist group. In 2018 he was invited to become Assistant Editor of the International Dendrology Society's 'Trees and Shrubs Online' project, an ambitious initiative to document the world's temperate tree and shrub species.
Extreme Duck Race is Back!
Choose your duck - or ducks! - and join the fun and adventure with the FNLFT's Extreme Duck Race on the River Findhorn. Back after a 3 year hiatus, the extreme duck race is fun and excitement for all the family* Buy your ducks in advance from the Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust Office at Logie Steading, or over at their informative stand at the River Festival where you can learn all about conservation efforts on and around the wooded river and see some of the river creatures up close.
Sunday, 3.30 pm
*Please just take care and watch your children along the river - it's unfenced and called 'extreme' for a reason. This is no potter along a burn but the same route taken by the white water rafters and kayakers. Safety crew from Ace Adventure will be on hand but everyone joins the fun at their own risk.
James Jones & Sons, one of the leading UK sawmillers with a factory locally in Forres and sawmill in Mosstodloch, are demonstrating their HiVision timber lorry, which has Virtual Reality technology so that drivers can control their crane from inside the cab.
Mellis Forestry Contractors use wheeled harvesters & forwarders to cut timber for local mills, priding themselves on managing woodlands with minimum impact. Come and learn about what they do and see one of their harvesters at the event.
Highland Horse Loggers will be here with their beautiful draft horse. They will be demonstrating their low impact method of timber extraction, with their horse and specialist equipment. The horses are chosen for their strength, stamina and calm temperament and you'll be able to get up close and meet and greet the horse too!
The national conservation charity for native trees & woodlands will be providing information about their work and woodland craft activities for families and children.
Handmade wood fired hot tubs built at Christie Elite in Forres from local Scottish larch.
Hommel & Co will be bringing along a fired-up tub to demonstrate at the festival.
Over the course of the weekend you will be able to see Logical Buildings build a timber frame shelter from scratch, using Logie Timber. They will also have a range of tools and implements for you to get your hands on and have a go.
Giles has been based at Logie Steading since 1999. Initially specialising in the restoration of Rush and Cane seated chairs, he has broadened his speciality considerably in country furniture. For the Timber Festival, Giles returns to his specialist knowledge of cane seating and over the weekend you will be able to see him working on a cane chair restoration in his workshop and showroom at No 5 The Motor House at Logie Steading (between the Board Room and the Whisky Shop). Giles will be there to talk about the process - and all things furniture. You'll also be able to view the current selection in his showroom. Pop in and see him!
Open 10am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday.
Watch the tree surgeons climb to dizzying heights - all in a day's work!
Ace will be here to show off their woodland camping - the closest thing to wild camping with the addition of facility! - as well as a taster of some of their activities from woodland disc golf and woodland paint ball to tubing on the River Findhorn.
Ace's qualified guides will also be helping with the Fisheries Trust's Extreme Duck Race on Sunday.
More details coming soon!
Logie Whisky & Spirits will have a range of tastings over the course of the weekend, as well as their usual, substantial range of whiskies, gins, beers, wines & other spirits. Pop in and have a taste!
Open 10am - 5pm both days.
More events and exhibitors are added as we get chance, we're working on this page each week so please check back to find the latest info!
If you are interested in joining the exhibitors at Logie Timber Festival on 4th & 5th May, please complete the preliminary application form below with as much detail as possible - the details of how your business/product/demonstration/activity relates to the theme of Wood, or if you offer food/drink or entertainment, please give us the details. Thank you.