How to install a timber floating shelf

  Floating shelves make a stylish addition to any room in the house, and are a great way to save on floor space, particularly if you prefer a simple, minimalist design. In the living room or bedroom, they are great for storing books or displaying ornaments. In the kitchen, they are a fantastic option for […]

Skirting, cornices and coving

From period times to those more contemporary, timber and plaster mouldings have graced the most stylish and chic of interiors, decorating walls, doors and windows. Decorative mouldings such as skirtings, cornices and coving remain an ever popular finishing detail; extremely versatile and durable, enhancing the aesthetics of any interior and offering a level of detail […]

How to Build a Pergola

In addition to being a simple building project, a pergola can be an elegant addition to your garden or patio to help you enjoy those lazy summer afternoons. Pergolas are designed to provide shade and filtered sunlight and are ideal for growing climbing plants as the beams and rafters provide a natural support. What you […]

Timber Decay: What to look for

  Most damage is caused by ageing of the timber, or by damp conditions, saturating the fibres creating a bed for fungal spores of dry and wet rot, or wood-boring insect eggs. Dry Rot Dry rot fungus can rampage through a building, destroying any timber in its path. The fungus thrives in moist unventilated conditions […]

Why choose treated wood?

Decks, fences and other outdoor projects can provide years of entertainment as well as a beautiful landscape for your home. Wood is not only a very attractive material for this, but also inexpensive and easy to work with. However, wood makes a wonderful playground for the insects and bacteria in your garden and if left […]

Understanding Wood Grain

The grain in wood is one of its most attractive features, but one that can also make it difficult to work with. Because of the way that wood grows, every piece of timber has a clear grain direction, which appears differently depending on how the board is sawn. Technically β€˜wood grain’ refers to the alignment, […]


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George Hill is a leading independent timber merchant and building supplies provider in the North West, with branches in Oldham, Manchester, Bolton and Nelson. Founded in 1919 we’re family run, and have been for 98 years.

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