Despite the wet and windy weather, there was a good turn-out for Rye Fawkes last night! Here's a video if you missed it:
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Sunday, 18 October 2015
This year we're coppicing an area over in Sweep Wood, adjacent to the foot path:
The other side of it is an area we coppiced two years ago, which is regrowing nicely now:
Here's a photo from before I started:
And here's one from yesterday, after putting in a bit over a day's work - the first stack of split and striped timber for firewood is over half full already!
Here's a couple of other views of the area coppiced so far. Progress sometimes seems slow, but as I'm processing the timber by splitting or striping it as I go along, I'm saving myself some work further down the line.
I've also coppiced the trees along the side of the pond again, partly because I needed to land a larger chestnut tree there, but also because the lack of light in the pond meant there wasn't much growing it in. These trees were last coppiced in winter 2007/2008, so it's not surprising they'd shaded the pond - I might not leave them so long next time!
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Sorry for the lack of posts, I've had a very busy month or two... here's what I've been up to.... Away from the woods, I've been to three different wood fairs running a stall for Truncator. It's been good fun, but can be hard work at times!
South Downs Show & Hampshire Wood Fair
Wychwood Forest Fair
Belmont Wood Fest
Fortunately the weather has been good for all of them - this was the view last Sunday morning at Belmont:
I've also been working on a big order for a woodland customer, which included nearly a dozen deliveries like this:
The raw materials have since been turned into decorative panels for use in shop displays:
The order also included over 30 chainsaw-carved wooden stools:
I made quite a few of these in the rain, sheltering under a tarp:
But at least making so many of them gave me chance to refine my technique. I tried bolting the stool onto another log:
This helped, but in the end I found clamping it in a workmate was best:
I've also made a couple of wooden stools for a friend at work, and in this case made both from the same tree, so they look pretty similar, and on these I used the chainsaw to skim off the sap wood round the seat of the stool, giving them a different look:
In amongst all this though, I did still get the occasional moment to admire the beauty of the woods :-)
With all that done, I've now actually started some coppicing! More on that soon....
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
It's been a busy few weeks, starting with me going to the South Downs Show to sell logging saw horses on behalf of Truncator - I've been using their product for a couple of years, and thought it was time I had a go at selling them. It went very well, here's my stall at the show before it opened:
I was too busy to look round the show while it was open, but I did see this guy opposite demonstrating basic blacksmithing - I might be tempted to have a go some time!
I had good weather for the show, apart from setting up in the rain on the Friday, but even then there was a nice sunset!
Back in the woods I've been moving the seasoned produce from 2013/14 coppicing, some cut into logs and delivered to customers, and some relocated to where I can access it more easily for our own use this winter:
While moving the logs I found a few interesting things in the log piles, such as three Peacock butterflies, which I helped warm up and depart for new hiding places:
A nest of some sort, from a mammal rather than a bird by the look of it:
And finally the remains of an old wasp nest, I think:
I've also been cutting green branches and poles for a customer who'll be assembling them into decorative panels:
And to top it off, camping in the woods with my brother and his family!
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Over the past few weeks I've given my friend Rich a hand a couple of times using his Turbo Saw Mill to produce useful timber from some wood he's coppiced. Here's a timelapse of us using the swing-arm circular saw, driven by a chainsaw engine, to produce batons from a sweet chestnut log:
And here's a video demonstrating the slabbing attachment, which is basically a big chainsaw with a 5' bar and a system to suspend it from the mill beam: