After studying and working at Greenmount College, David set off on his own in 2008 to follow his passion for gardening. His gardening business, Branching Out grew into a success after many years of enjoyable hard work.
He unintentionally found himself maintaining some rather special country estates in both Counties Antrim and Down. From Forest islands on the stunning Strangford Lough to Georgian Tower houses in the Craigantlett hills, no two days were ever the same.
For many years David processed all wind blown and felled trees from these properties into firewood.
Knowing that these timbers had so much more to offer than to end their life in a stove, he set about changing his ways.
Thus, The Board Room NI was born.
With each tree having its own story to tell, David believes that by processing these helpless fallen trees into usable, characterful timber slabs, boards and beams, their unique beauty can be appreciated for many years to come.
Each fallen tree is inspected and measured prior to the milling process. This allows us to yield the best quality and most highly figured wood.
Each limb is crosscut to its predetermined length.
Milling begins by hand using our specially modified 64 inch Alaskan mill. Further measurements are taken during this process to ensure each board is being processed to the highest possible standard.
Boards are then photographed and placed in our purpose built air-drying chambers. Here they are stacked and stickered carefully to eliminate warping and cupping. All end grain is sealed to reduce checking. It is at this stage in the process that they are offered for sale.
We mill a wide range of wood types for our products and our stock is very changeable, depending on what is available at any given time.
Here are just a few samples showing grain patterns and characteristics of some of our most popular species of wood.
Lauren is likely to be your first point of contact here at The Board Room NI.
With a background in floristry, her creative flair and eye for detail plays a key role within the business. Lauren can often be seen on site, keeping the boys on their toes!
Mark has a love for all things outdoors. His appetite for perfection is vital to our milling process, helping us to produce our products to the highest possible standard.
A keen craftsman, he can often be found in his workshop creating beautiful bespoke furniture made from our wood.
David is the founder of The Board Room NI. His drive and innovative thinking are key elements in the day to day running of the business. He is happiest when he is outdoors in nature and hopes to one day own his own forest.