Hedge-laying, log stores and dry stone walling

Dry stone walling, Green wood craft, Hedge laying

I’ve added some new images to the site. Recent commissions include 2 wedding arches, a log store and three gates. I’ve been busy hedge laying – picture shows 28ms of hedge layed in Lancashire & Westmoreland style (stakes every 3ft) Its a style that means the hedge is stock proof (its a sheep hedge) straight away. In this one I only had to add in one piece of brash (at the very end).

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I’ve just started a big walling job too – various repairs (gapping up) rebuilds etc.

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New workshop and woodworm

Green wood craft, Woodlands

Spent most of today trying to save some oak (2-3″ interesting forks and curves coppiced from a new coupe in North Dean wood last November) I managed to bring oak pinhole borer (hiding in some of the older branch wood) back to my wood store!! and of course the warm weather finally arrives and all my twisty oak is fair game….

Oak pinhole

I’m sure I will find a use for the wood – they don’t ‘feed’ on the wood just grow fungi in the tunnels they create, so once I season the wood they will go away/die

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Hedge, gate and fence commission

Gates, Green wood craft, Hedge laying

DSCF1569DSCF1572 A recently completed fence and gate commission. The client liked the tall posts – I was going to cut them down to the same height as the fence!.

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Been meaning to post this picture for a while – it is a over grown part coppiced/low pollarded part laid ‘hedge’ near Dent (one of my favourite places). Around there  most of the hedges are managed which is great to see.

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News – National Trust plant fair, new stuff and moving to the cow shed

Education and workshops, Green wood craft, Stalls

new bits 006Had to use a gazebo at the weekend for the National Trust Plant fair as my canvas lean too is mouldy!! (I’m going to dye it). Made the last furniture I will be making at my old workshop – I move to my new workshop next week.

 

 

BioretortHave a new page advertising the courses I will be running. 1st one is June 29th – Biochar: A practical guide to producing and using Biochar, it’s uses, possibilities and limitations (More detail on the Course’s page)

Country show in the snow and hedge-layed, gaps planted

Green wood craft, Hedge laying, Stalls

Completed hedge As well as completing the Standedge hedge Ive been busy restoring another large hedge. This time it involved laying a bit, coppicing a bit and planting 320 hawthorn, blackthorn, crab apple and dog rose in the gaps.  It was a tough one trying to find time inbetween overnight frosts to plant/lay.

 

Fireside and garden Ive just made and sold a lot of this type of furniture, its fun to make with prices ranging from £15 – £35. get in touch if you would like any (its made to order at the moment)

Off to Country showOff to Slaithwaite

And finally me and my sandwich board off to Slaithwaite Country Show. I couldnt get the car out or get to my stock to have a full stall.

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Rose Arch at Life on Pig Row (and broken Land Rover)

Green wood craft

A quick update: here is a picture of an 8ft by 3ft 6in by 2ft unpeeled ash rose arch made for Andrew Oldham at Life On pig Row. Picture is provided by Andrew too. The extra supports shown near the bottom are temporary while the concrete goes off.  I delivered the arch in two halves in the back of our new old Land Rover (which is now temporarily out of commission due to a broken winch while rescuing it from a wooded hill)

Rain stopped, gate installed.

Gates, Green wood craft

 A commission for a garden in Marsden. (needs a latch thens its complete) The area where the gate is (up to the height of the wall) has spent most of the last two weeks under water!!

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                                                                                                                                                      View from the other side. The gate is unpeeled ash. It was given a good soaking of linseed oil and turps mix then once dry given a couple of coats of yacht varnish. Ordinarily I might not use varnish but this has to survive spending time under water. If you are interested in a new gate and/or fencing then feel free to contact me. I am happy to do a site visit to discuss your needs. (Prices start around £60)