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QEST Scholar

The news arrived last night that I have been selected for my Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. I am very excited. It means I have the funding to spend 3 weeks in Sweden working and studying with Fritiof Runhall learning about greenwood carving, … Continue reading

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Oak Garden Bench

In Cumbria there’s a long tradition of harvesting oak bark for tanning leather and last spring I took part in a group day with the local Coppice Association to harvest bark from Moss & Height’s Spring Wood. The bark is … Continue reading

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Spoonfest 2012

A whole weekend of carving wooden spoons, who’s going to go to that? Well, 150 of us did turn up to Edale for Spoonfest 2012 which was a hugely fun couple of days which went by all too quickly. Driving … Continue reading

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Greenwood & Scythe course dates 2012

My course dates are now set for the year. It’s always a juggling exercise to fit everything in, especially as I have again been asked to attend scythe course and events around the UK and Europe. This year I’m aiming … Continue reading

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Purple birch bark

On Sunday I organised a group of volunteers, the NW scythe ‘gang’, to do some coppicing in Edward & Romola Acland’s woods. It’s a 2 acre hazel with standards woodland that Edward & Romola have been working for about 20 … Continue reading

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New birch bark boxes

Pictures of a couple more birch bark boxes that I finished during the holidays. These have bases and lids carved from green willow which is a lovely wood to work with, it was in just the right state and carved … Continue reading

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Birch bark pot

Although I make as part of my living it is still also my favourite hobby and now and then it’s lovely to work with a new material and make something just for the pleasure of it. This weekend I got … Continue reading

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Peeling Oak Bark with CANW

On Sunday I met with other members of the Coppice Association NW (CANW) at Moss and Heights Spring Woods for a day of peeling oak bark. The woods were worked for many years by legendary coppicer Bill Hogarth up until … Continue reading

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