Sunday, 15 November 2015

Rye Fawkes 2015

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:

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Start of 2015-16 coppicing

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!


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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wood fairs and woodland work

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

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Wychwood Forest Fair
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Belmont Wood Fest
Belmont Wood Fest

Fortunately the weather has been good for all of them - this was the view last Sunday morning at Belmont:
Belmont Wood Fest

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:
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The order also included over 30 chainsaw-carved wooden stools:
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I made quite a few of these in the rain, sheltering under a tarp:
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But at least making so many of them gave me chance to refine my technique. I tried bolting the stool onto another log:
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This helped, but in the end I found clamping it in a workmate was best:
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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:
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In amongst all this though, I did still get the occasional moment to admire the beauty of the woods :-)
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With all that done, I've now actually started some coppicing! More on that soon....


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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Busy few weeks in the woods

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:

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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!
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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!
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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!


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Turbo Saw Mill in action in the woods

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:

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