Thanks for the replies to my "can anyone direct me to a good sawmill in the UK?".
I googled all the sawmills in Wales and have started phoning around for quarter sawn timber.
Most so far are saying no they don't. Another is saying that they might have a small amount, as they have some left over from cutting through and through - I thought that wasnt possible and true quarter sawn, had to be quarter sawn in the first place.
My main question here is what is oak like as a tonewood? - as I might be able to get some quarter sawn off cuts, enough to make my octave mandolin.
Any information about sound/tone etc would be great.