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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