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TV star Tony Robinson gets hands on at FSB Member - Helmsley’s Duncombe Sawmill

A New TV series gave Tony a woodworking lesson as he explored the  North York Moors National Park. Episode five of Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast, featured FSB Member the Duncombe Sawmill, showcasing the cycle of timber being grown locally, worked with at the Sawmill and then used within the National Park.

The series follows Tony Robinson travelling coast to coast across the country, using Alfred Wainwright’s route as a rough guide, but providing opportunities to branch off and go ‘behind the scenes’ with people and businesses along the way.

The episode featured circle of locally sourced timber, following the FSC sustainable sawlogs being felled at Castle Howard, transported to Duncombe Sawmill and then cut down into components and made into a gate by Tony himself, with some help from the experts. The gate is then taken to the North York Moors National Park and hung by senior ranger Simon Bassingdale – demonstrating how the wood travelled just 15 miles in total from start to finish.

Emma Woods, owner of the Duncombe Sawmill, said: “It was a great day, and we all had lots of fun. Tony was incredibly funny, and very kind to pose for photos with us all! The TV crew were with us for about six hours, and Tony was keen to learn as much as possible in that time and be very hands on, so it was wonderful to be able to share the knowledge which has been passed down through the Sawmill’s history for more than 100 years.