Bristol Wooden Flagpoles use only the finest grade, Old Growth, Vertical Grain, Mast and Spar grade Douglas Fir, hand selected from the tallest and straightest trees growing in the great forrests of Vancouver Island, Canada. Home to the finest Douglas Fir in the World.
Once felled, the timber is lifted out by helicopter and taken to the mill where it is sawn and dried. From there it is delivered to us as well as a handfull of the finest boat and mast makers in Europe and the USA where, because of its incredible strength it is used in the making of masts and spars for the finest and most beautiful yachts in the world.
It is exactly because of the history of using this incredible wood in the building of the worlds finest yacht masts that we use it to make our handsome Wooden Flagpoles.
Not all wood is born equal: We know that many makers of wooden flagpoles also proudly state that they too use Douglas Fir in the construction of their flagpoles. However, as with almost everything in this world, the quality of wood can vary enourmously from the cheap and nasty, the average, right on up to the very best, which is what we use.
Telling the difference is really very simple however. The very best Douglas Fir comes from the oldest and the tallest trees. If you look at the image to the right, you will notice how straight the grain is and that the grains are packed tightly together. This is because the tree has been allowed to grow slowly and for a long time. It is beautiful and wonderfully strong yet with a degree of flexibility that makes it the wood of choice when making masts and spars for the worlds finest yachts. It is true, we have to pay more for this quality of wood, but the results are spectacular. As far as we can tell, ALL other wooden Flagpole makers in the UK use a much lower grade wood and in order to get the strength they require from this lower quality wood, they buy it in thin planks (buying in thin planks reduces their costs further) and they end up having to laminate six or seven planks together in order to get the right width from which to make a wooden flagpole.....As a result, the flagpoles they make are held together more by epoxy than by wood which we feel sort of defeats the point!
We are proud that we only use the very best quality wood and as a result, we simply need to bond two sections together in order to get the width we require. Even then, we only do this to keep costs under control.....In truth, we could actually make your flagpole from one, beautiful, solid piece of wood....and we will if you ask us to.....but be warned, doing so would add a little to the cost.
So proud are we with the quality of wood we use to make each and every Bristol Wooden Flagpole, that we use a beautiful dark resin glue famed within the wooden yacht making industry to bond our flagpole sections together. Famed for it's strength and flexibility it will not break down when exposed to even the harshest elements. The look when finished is quite beautiful and allows you to see the work we have done - nothing is hidden from you, nothing is disguised or covered up and the quality and craftsmanship is allowed to shine.
(A little fact: The glue we use is a modified version of that used to bond together the legendary wooden framed De Havilland Mosquito Fighter / Bomber that was so incredibly heroic in The Second World War)
As a note: If you do not want to see the glue lines, we are of course more than happy to use an invisible Epoxy instead.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT DOUGLAS FIR OF THIS QUALITY IS THE VERY BEST WOOD FOR OUR FLAGPOLES. HOWEVER, WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF OUR CLIENTS REQUEST A DIFFERENT TYPE OF WOOD, SUCH AS OAK. THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL AND WE CAN OFFER YOU A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT TIMBERS TO CHOOSE FROM IF YOU SO WISH.