Tornado GR4 Jet Memento: About the Wood – Part 4

The Panavia Tornado GR4 Jet Memento.

This is an ongoing project that will be divided in different parts as our work progresses along the year.

Welcome to Part 4. About the Wood.


The hardwood for this large-scale project (1000 mini jets) was donated by, no more and no less, the Royal Sandringham Sawmill, in Norfolk.

The Iroko (a more environmentally friendly to teak sort of wood), is coming all the way from their chosen timber merchants, which must possess the Royal Warrant. All timber that is supplied for The Queen must hold the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. I pick it up from their Sandringham Royal Sawmill as I see the need for it.

How posh does that sound?

I even got a free 2019 calendar. I’m chuffed.

The colours of each plank of the Iroko vary from yellows to copper to really dark browns and fantastic looking grain, sometimes straight and sometimes beautifully wavy, showing lots of pattern.
It is very heavy in weight when the grain is interlocked and quite a pain to work, but hey, who am I to argue with the Royal Family.

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