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Rural skills weekend – scything demo in Staffordshire

On Friday I’ll be doing a scything demonstration and offering have-a-go sessions at Silverdale Country Park as part of their rural skills weekend. It’s a fabulous site and should be a brilliant event. Some of the activites require booking at … Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe place available

Due to a cancellation, 1 space is available on my Learn to Scythe course at Slaidburn in Lancashire on 23rd July. To book, please email stevetomlin8(at) gmail.com

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Spoon carving workshop at Harrogate

What could be nicer than spending a day in the woods, making something and chatting with lovely people in between breaks for coffee and homemade food? My most recent spoon carving workshop was hosted by Kith Homestead, just outside Harrogate … Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe in Yorkshire – extra date for 2021

Due to demand, I have added an additional Learn to Scythe course date for 12th August 2021. Based at Broadrake bunkhouse in the Yorkshire Dales with views of Ingleborough and the Ribblehead Viaduct, come and learn to use a scythe … Continue reading

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Beech leaf gin liqueur

The trees are coming into leaf so it’s time to make beech leaf noyau, a delicious but largely unknown country liqueur based on gin. Beech noyau is very similar to sloe gin in that it’s an infusion of gin with … Continue reading

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Lisa Hammond interview

Here’s a terrific interview with Lisa Hammond who set up Maze Hill Pottery and makes salt glazed pottery. I bought one of her mugs 15 years ago and it became a firm favourite up until the time it was dropped … Continue reading

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The Power of Peening

Peening is a process of cold-forging and used with an Austrian scythe to thin the blade at the edge so that the bevel angle is finer. It’s a maintenance task that lots of people don’t enjoy or are nervous of … Continue reading

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Beech leaf noyau country liqueur

It’s spring and the leaves are coming out on the trees. It’s such an exciting time when the woods and meadows come alive. Each year, I make the effort to head out on a sunny day like today to pick … Continue reading

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Cherry wood cooking spoons

When I’m teaching spoon carving, I always make a few spoons myself so that I can demonstrate the techniques during the course. This lovely cherry wood came from a local woodland in south Manchester and travelled just a few miles … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop in Manchester

Greenwood craft courses in the city Continue reading

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