Dan E Garner

Designer, maker

I love to design and make. A design needs to excite me or the process will not work. If I don’t love it, I don’t make it. Perhaps you will like my designs too. Please follow what I am up to through this site or on social media or you tube.  

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Leanii supply train and environmental credentials


  Leanii products are crafted from locally sourced English oak. Oak is purchased from a local sawmill, who largely source their timber from extensive local woodlands belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall. This woodland, located in Hertfordshire, is managed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
‘The deep soils of Herefordshire have long been recognised as providing exceptional conditions for growing quality hardwoods and British oak trees. Our UK timber is largely sourced from the extensive local woodlands belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall.’

Global warming

Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is converted to the woody structures of tree. When a tree dies naturally, in all but rare conditions, the wood will decay. As it decays, the trapped carbon is released back into the environment .  If the wood is farmed however, the carbon remains part of the chemistry of the wood. This trapped carbon stays out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the item.  Wooden trinkets, furniture and houses have been shown to last hundreds of years, and under normal room conditions should last a indefinitely. This process is often described as renewable – ie, the quantity of carbon released during burning/use has been absorbed during growth, for a net zero carbon emission.  


It is very important to re-plant felled trees to maintain this cycle of trapping carbon, and maintain the forest ecosystems. Farming hardwoods gives a forest a monetary value. Ideally this wouldn’t be necessary, however it does serve to protect the forest from alteration to other kinds of farmland, or urban development, changes which would devastate the forest ecosystem and the species it supports.  Unfortunately sustainable farming of forests is not yet the norm for very large companies, with forecasts being in quarters and years not decades and centuries, particularly if no supply chain has not been mentioned. In efforts to reduce costs, and with great buying power, wood is likely to be imported, and more likely to be as a result of deforestation. The wood will not necessarily be English/European oak as there are many inferior varieties of ‘oak’ available.  English grown oak normally has a tighter grain pattern, is harder, and more durable than many important alternatives, particularly from outside Europe.  Large companies, for example furniture outlets, require huge consistent suppliers and shop for the lowest possible prices. Recent pressure from environmental groups and ethical consumers are however encouraging them to work towards sustainable practises.   If you would like to read more on carbon, forests and the environment : UK Forestry commission article  
light streams in through the canopy of leafless trees in a winter forest

Forest in winter

A natural tree covered road leads straight into the forest

A road into the forest