Feedback: Fully satisfied with the purchase experience. If looking to be critical then I would mention that there has so far been no follow up post installation to ensure that we were happy with the result. Very happy with our new building which represented good value for money. We did have to ask the suppliers to attend to a couple of points - as to which they were very responsive.
Response: Thanks for your constructive feedback. It's a good point about following up as a matter of course as not everyone would say anything if there was any issues. The beauty of being a family business means we can look at this and try to improve on what we do quite quickly. Thanks again. Regards, Robin
Recently I read my blog about my trip to Denmark for my grandson, Daniel's, christening and it brought back happy memories of the weekend. And also the day before where I rode the wooden roller coasters at Tivoli Gardens and Bakken. At the time I mentioned how good wood is and since then this view has been reinforced by riding other wooden roller coasters in America and Germany.
When I started this hobby in 2009, at the age of 58, (which just goes to show we can all be young at heart) I was only keen on the steel roller coasters with their loops and twists. These are good fun however my loyalty changed in 2010 when I went to America. America has many wooden roller coasters where as in the UK they are quite scarce.
The beauty of wood is the noise and the feeling of not always knowing what to expect. A wooden coaster can give a different feel in the morning, mid day or late in the day. The weather also affects these coasters as the wood swells and shrinks accordingly. The intensity of wooden coasters is also a great reason to ride these wonderful machines.
However, there are probably three types of wooden roller coasters. You have the very old coasters built back pre war which can often be seen as a scenic railway type, such even carry a brakeman to control the speed. As times has gone on many coasters have been built but unfortunately the intensity of some is actually uncomfortable at best and painful at worse. In the last decade or so new timber coasters have been built which are intense but ARE comfortable and very re-ridable. This, in my view, is how a wooden coaster should be.
In must be said that the perception of wooden roller coasters, and all coasters, is very much a personal thing. What I like and what someone else likes can be totally different. Which is probably a good thing because the queues for the good wooden rides would be even longer.
The timber coasters which I think are the best are built by GCI (Great Coasters International). Their coasters can be described as very fast and intense with loads of banking around corners and quick changes in direction. Their signature appears to be running the track so that it goes back through the station during the ride. The sensation of speed is awesome. However, these are very re-ridable wooden coasters. As soon as you get off you want to go again.
In my view most people could ride these, probably best not to have this as your first ride, but after a few rides I'm sure most people would agree. The key to riding these rides is to lean into the corners so that your body is in line with the track as much as possible. Enjoy the 'air time' where you float out of your seat a little - you are perfectly safe. Enjoy the sensation of speed, noise and movement. You find your body totally invigorated by this and the adrenaline rush is awesome. It's just a shame you can't bottle it and sell it.
These wooden coasters show the sheer versatility of timber and what it can do. The timber which is specially treated to resist rot will last an amazing amount of time. When you consider the sheer forces on the track and timber supports of the coasters the fact that timber can contain this forces day in day out, year in year out is nothing short of miraculous.
The only down side in my view is that so few parks in the UK have wooden coasters which seems to be the total opposite of parks in America and in Europe. In my view, as well as many other roller coaster enthusiasts, this is a shame. Having ridden these wooden coasters abroad and seen how popular they are I'm convinced that any park installing a 'woodie' would be well rewarded with masses of people heading their way to ride them.
If wood can do this for wooden coasters with all the great strains and forces on it then you can see how good wood is for making garden sheds. However, as in most things, it's important that the right wood is used, and this means not using the cheapest less durable timber, and ensuring that the wood is probably treated so that is will last a very long time.
The garden workshops from https://www.leisurebuildings.com are normally only made from redwood timber and not the cheaper, less durable whitewood. So if you want a timber workshop to last a long time and made properly there is only one place to go.