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....