PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

It is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. It is there to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are sourced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. National forest certification systems are assessed against PEFC’s unique and highly respected Sustainability Benchmarks practices.

PEFC has certification systems in more than 30 countries, totalling over 240 million hectares of forest.

PEFC have recently launched a new brochure explaining their unique approach to Forest Certification.

Details of the brochure can be found on their website at

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The website also includes other really interesting information about forests and how we can help promote PEFC



medium_2661425133Time is always important, and modern life means constantly chasing the clock. At the same time fewer of us are wearing watches these days, so clocks are essential in most places.

We’ve found this great collection of clocks that range from the practical to zany – we hope you like them. We specially like the blackboard clock!





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medium_4907873487Over the ages different cultures and religions have used a variety of charms on the entrance to their homes in order to ward of evil spirits and bring good luck to the home.

One of the most enduring and endearing in English culture is the Horseshoe.

Placing a horseshoe over an entrance or doorframe has long been considered good luck. Some people believe that a horseshoe facing up will bring good luck to those who pass through the door and if the horseshoe is facing down the luck “will run out”. Others believe that if the horseshoe is facing downwards the luck will flow to those who pass under it.

Equally undecided is the origins of horseshoes as good luck symbols. One of the more popular stories is that of St. Dunstan. He was a blacksmith who nailed a horseshoe to the hoof of the Devil, instead of to the hoof of the Devil’s horse. The Devil was in great pain and St. Dunstan agreed to remove the horseshoe only if the Devil swore that he would never enter a home where a horseshoe was hung above the doorway. Another story is that evil fairies were repelled by iron, so hanging a horseshoe above the door would keep these supernatural creatures at bay.

There are a host of other theories relating to horseshoes above the doorway – only used horseshoes will do; horseshoes will only provide protection to their rightful owners, so using a stolen horseshoe will not bring any luck.

Whatever your feelings about superstition and luck, I’m sure everyone agrees that a horseshoe above a cottage doorway certainly give an air of quaint English country life.


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If you are unsure about the state of your door, and are concerned that it might not be up to the requirements expected by your insurers, reading through this guide will give you a better idea of the security requirements for your doors.

Every item you install on your door should conform to British Standard 3621.

Before you give consideration to anything, make sure your door frames are sturdy enough to prevent potential break-ins. No matter how many locks you install, without a sturdy frame, they will all be useless. A minimum of 44mm (13/4″) thickness is required, and it should be hung on at least three 100mm (4″) hinges. If your door has decorative aspects, these parts can be a minimum of 9mm (1/3″) thick.

Your door will require a minimum of two locks. One lock should be a rim latch (Yale type). The other should be a five lever mortice deadlock ideally, but insurance companies tend to accept rim automatic deadlocks too. The locks should be placed 45 to 60cm (18 – 24″) apart. Timber frames should be securely bolted to the walls every 600mm (23″).

If you have a letterbox fixed to your front door, it is required to be at least 400mm away from the door lock, and nowhere near the bottom rail of the door, to prevent the theft of mail.

Viewer and Chain
Installing a door viewer into your door will allow you to be able to deal with callers without compromising your security. They are incredibly effective when one is suspicious of a caller’s intentions. Installing a door chain will achieve similar security.

Obviously, insurance requirements will vary depending on many other factors such as the crime rate of your area, but without taking these basic security precautions, you are not only leaving yourself at risk from burglary, but you also risk not being covered by your insurance should you find yourself victim to burglary.

The staff at Best4Doors will be happy to help you understand the requirements of your particular insurance company.

Wow! I had never heard of this guy until I stumbled across his website. His designs are incredible. Amazing contemporary woodwork that will endure for a lifetime. Palo Samko works with salvaged wood, designing furniture that is practical as well as unbelievably beautiful.

His website showcases some of his work, and it is a joy to see. Take 5 minutes and have a look at what this incredibly talented man is doing.

Palo Samko – Woodworker.


Imperial to Metric

FEET & inches
1′ 3″
1′ 6″
1′ 9″
2′ 3″
2′ 4″
2′ 6″
2′ 8″
2′ 9″
2′ 10″
3′ 6″
6′ 6″
6′ 8″
6′ 9″

Metric to Imperial

526 20 3/4″
626 24 5/8″
726 28 5/8″
826 32 1/2″
926 36 1/2″
2040 80 1/4″

PLEASE NOTE:( All Exterior & Interior Doors Should Be Treated Before Fitting The Door.)

For your reference, below is a précis of the widely published Sikkens finishing instructions which is for practical guidance only and not intended to be promoted as being “de jure”. The acclaimed Sikkens range, produced by global chemicals giant Akzo Nobel and widely available from retail stores throughout the UK and ROI, comprises microporous, clear and translucent woodstains and opaque paints, The key advantage of using Sikkens microporous, or “breathable” products, is the finish will not peel, crack, deteriorate or suffer from premature erosion of the film if the decorative finish is correctly maintained.

For optimum protection, each door leaf should undergo an intensive 3 stage finishing process. In respect of Oak and Hardwood timber species, the first stage involves the use of Cetol HLS Plus Base Coat, which is comprehensively applied to all surfaces of the door, to ensure maximum protection. Stage 2 involves completely sealing the end grain of the wood at the top and bottom of the door stiles and at all joints with Sikkens special Kodrin products. Finally, two coats of Top Coat should be applied to all surfaces, which in respect of Oak doors is clear Cetol Filter 7 and in respect of Hardwood doors is Cetol Filter 7 translucent.

The final result, is a fantastic, durable finish, which affords superior protection and enhances the door’s aesthetic appearance.

Depending on location and weather conditions, Oak doors will typically require re-coating every 12 months, whereas it is recommended re-coating Hardwood doors every two to five years, but it is also important to check the finish every six months, and re-coat as necessary, to properly maintain the decorative finish. Please note that the clear finishes offer comparatively less UV protection than Sikkens translucent woodstains or opaque paints, which contain more pigment and therefore afford better protection against UV. Consequently, Oak doors require re-coating more regularly than Hardwood doors, in order to maintain the integrity of the protective finish, so if longer maintenance schedules are preferred, any colour from the Sikkens Filter 7 Translucent range is recommended.