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Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Powered by 💪 Pride Design
Co. Carlow, Ireland
Supplying traceable, Irish home-grown hardwood timber boards, commissions and products
The Lisnavagh Timber Project is recognised throughout Ireland for its leading role in supplying “clear conscience” timber to furniture makers & woodworkers, homeowners, and retail outlets all over Ireland and in other countries.
The original concept of the Lisnavagh Timber Project was to add value to the hardwood timber coming from estate’s woodlands. A database was created to keep control of stock levels and this soon developed into a unique and sophisticated traceability system.
In simple terms, these logs are sawn into planks, graded and measured. Every board is given an individual reference number and listed on our comprehensive database. The boards are air dried for a year or two before being kiln dried in one of the kilns.
For the first few years, this kiln dried timber was normally sold to specialist furniture makers. Then in 2004, a workshop was added so that bespoke items could be made for customers including kitchen worktops, mantelpieces, bookshelves, tables and a host of other items.
For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, a herd of shorthorn cattle was kept at Lisnavagh, as well as sheep. The high standard of breeding of the shorthorns was very important to several generations of Bunburys and resulted in a very high quality herd of cattle. Many prizes were won at the RDS and other showgrounds over the years. As well as livestock there would have been some tillage, including crops of oats, wheat, barley and some root crops such as turnips.
Since then, there have been many changes to farming practices. Like all farms, Lisnavagh went through technological changes including the moves from horse power to steam power to diesel power and also the intensification of agricultural production through the use of sprays & fertilisers in the latter half of the 20th century.