Picturesque Bodnant Estate, situated in the Conwy Valley in North Wales, is far from an every day destination for equipment produced by Daltons Wadkin. However in June 2011 Joinery Shop Manager Andy Cull and Malcolm Parry-Jones travelled to Nottingham with a view to acquiring woodworking machinery to fully equip a brand new joinery shop to replace an existing facility in an old mill which had been outgrown by the requirements of the estate.
The Bodnant Estate has over 1000 acres of woodlands and intends with its management plan to use more of its own timber in the production of making products.
The impressive new shop situated by the banks of a tidal creek from the River Conwy is entirely clad in hardwood grown on the estate and provides a spacious clean environment within which to work. It has been expanded in order that it can offer its services outside the estate to both the business and private sector for quality hand made bespoke items. The Estate Joinery has made bespoke items for the National Trust at neighboring Bodnant Gardens including trellis and pergola bridges, all made as per their original features.
Joinery is also required for their own use which includes the production and fitting of a diverse range of products from hand rails to foot bridges, signs and fencing, to say nothing of the maintenance of the many farms and holiday cottages which come within Bodnant’s responsibilities.
The estate had a strict budget which Daltons Wadkin were able to meet by providing a selection of factory serviced equipment including Band Resaw, Sliding Table Panel Saw, Spindle Moulder, Chisel Mortiser, Crosscut Saw, Single End Tenoner and Bandsaw and all of these were delivered and installed by Daltons Wadkin engineers in the new Bodnant joinery shop last October.
Project Manager Stephen Dixon is delighted with the new equipment which has enabled Andy and Malcolm to produce joinery to the standard required and given them an opportunity to expand activities and the use of the prolific home grown timber.
Francis Dalton commented “We were delighted and privileged to be chosen as suppliers to the Bodnant Estate and it was a pleasure to visit the new shop and see what is being achieved in this beautiful part of Wales.”