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Peter Sefton Timber Selection DVD

by Peter Sefton

Peter Sefton Timber Selection. Peter takes the viewer on a passionate guided tour through the fantastic range of timbers available to wood workers and furniture makers today and their appropriate use within constructions.

He shares his experience on how to buy and many tips on what to look out for. He explains how to control moisture and store your timber until it’s ready for use.

This should inspire you to explore exciting new timbers for your own projects and also save you money by avoiding the many pitfalls that catch out the unwary woodworker.

Also available as a Download

Peter Sefton is the owner of Wood Workers Workshop and is an award winning Master Craftsman and Commercial Designer Maker with 35 years’ experience in bespoke furniture making. With our partners at Artisan Media, Peter brings his fine furniture making knowledge to a series of DVD's and Digital Downloads to share with everyone.

One of only 300 Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, he was recognised for his work in education and the development of craft skills. He is a qualified Furniture Lecturer and Assessor and has his own internationally renowned private Furniture School in the heart of England. Peter has devoted the past 20 years of his professional career to teaching and mentoring woodworkers.

He also writes regularly for magazines; he is a well-rounded furniture maker with vast experience in hand tool techniques, wood machining, veneering and designing.



NTSC | English | Stereo | Colour | Widescreen | Shot and mastered in HD |

Total Running Time 1hr 21min


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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Informative DVD

This is my second purchase of a Peter Sefton DVD, the first being the Timber preparation. I found the first one excellent and this one certainly shares the same production quality and information. Only complain would be that I wish that the DVD was slightly longer with more of the different species of wood and potential uses for it covered as it is only mentioned briefly on one of the first section of the videos. The section on selecting timber at a timberyard is excellent though

Timber selection DVD download from Peter

I have allways been interested in different types of wood and are gearing up for a lot of different projects now that I am near retirement from my career in telephony.
The document is very informative and I learn a lot.
Thanks Peter!

Another superb and informative DVD / Download from Peter

Having watched a lot of Youtube videos on similar topics, its amazing to see the difference a professional production coupled with the experience of a recognised and well respected teacher can bring to a subject. This is the third download I have purchased and in my opinion this is a small price to pay for the depth of information covered on each topic along with the logical presentation as Peter takes you through each stage. Throughly recommended, it does make me think what I am missing out on by not signing up for one of Peter's courses if this is what I can learn in approximately an hour from a video. As a keen hobby woodworker it has been said that Youtube can only take you so far and based on what I have learned from these three video downloads I think its inevitable that I will download more of these and eventually sign up for the beginners woodworking course with Peter. Very highly recommended.

Demystifying the timber yard.

After watching this video several times and reading what other reviewers say I find I am lost for words! One cannot say more in praise of Peter and his coverage of the subject, This tutorial was so badly needed especially to give confidence to those without experience and in need of a wise mentor.

"A critical part of woodworking"

A critical part of woodworking is of course the wood but we rarely see concise information on the selection of timber itself. Peter has created such a source in this video and you can tell he is tapping into his 35 years of experience as a furniture maker.
The species covered are extensive from domestic timbers available in Europe and the Americas to tropical exotics and veneers. Each is covered in detail including characteristics, uses and relative cost.
Moisture control and defects are explained clearly. This is of particular importance these days where stock is much more expensive. Peter explains not only what to avoid but where defects rejected by others can be suitable for cabinetmaking and can often be had at bargain prices.
Once wood is selected from a timber yard, Peter advises how to store it at your workshop until it is ready to use, allowing you to get the most from your expensive stock.
I make tools not furniture yet I learnt a huge amount from his video but if furniture making is your business or hobby then I would say this DVD alone will save you the cost of admission merely by avoiding the pitfalls resulting from poor timber selection and storage. If the remaining DVDs in this series are of equal calibre then I can look forward to further extending my knowledge of Unplugged Woodworking.