Woodlouse Industries – Locally Sourced Timber Products

Biography & Background

Woodlouse Industries is based in West Sussex, and supplies timber and woodland products, all sourced from within the local area


A little more about us

Biography: My name is William Wallace- I run a small timber supply business, specialising in locally sourced wood products. I am based near Horsham in West Sussex. I’ve operated a Wood Mizer mobile sawmill for over 10 years, mainly cutting customers timber out on site for their own Oak framing, cladding, joinery work and fencing and landscape projects.
Much of my site sawmilling work has been for local authorities, conservation bodies and National Trust properties; many of whom are keen to make use of their own timber with all of the ecological and financial benefits that has to offer. Timber for access works such as bridge building, boardwalks and decks, steps, pond dipping platforms and loads of fencing material are regularly milled, and other projects such as play areas, tree houses, seating, educational shelters and wildlife hides have been cut in the past.

Waney/ natural edged oak boards for cladding a workshop

Oak cladding/ waney edged boards East Grinstead

I have been involved with timber supply and conversion (sawing) for traditional building repair and modern contemporary timber design, and I enjoy using lesser used species that grow well in West and East Sussex and Surrey, including Sweet Chestnut, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Alder and Poplar.

Sweet Chestnut timber used structurally in semi- roundwood building frame

Sweet Chestnut semi-roundwood framed Woodland Workshop, Cranleigh, Surrey

I’ve always done quite a bit of timber supply and building alongside the sawmill work, projects have included garden studios, pergolas, bridges, log sheds, decks, gazebos and A-frame structures.

Having started Woodlouse Industries, I have now moved a little more towards the workshop side of things and the supply of machined and finished produce- with the focus still being on sturdy local timber and a good service life outdoors with the minimum amount of treatments and surface finishes.

UK grown Cedar Shingles

Locally grown Western Red Cedar shingles

It’s especially satisfying to see a job through from felling and processing to final build and completion, all without a visit to a normal timber merchant. So, if there’s something that you’d like made for the house or garden that you can’t find through normal commercial channels, we’ll probably be able to help.

Oak pergola and outdoor dining space

Oak pergola, sawn and made on site, near Guildford

Outdoor shelter and education space, Ardingly, Sussex

A Frame workspace, near Ardingly

For more information about the different timbers and products we can produce, or to discuss any ideas that you have, please get in touch on 07899 894294.

alternatively email to woodlouseindustries@gmail.com (please bear in mind that I don’t live glued to a computer or phablet, and a reply will not be instantaneous).

Thanks, Will Wallace

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