Ive been working on this wall on and off for a little while now. Its just over 40metres long with a corner, 1.2ms high at roadside but built on a bank which was very steep in places so it varies between 1.5m and 1.3m on the bankside. Three diffent kinds of stone delivered (client was in charge of that) and used on three different sections but I dont think you notice.
A autumn job – a new bespoke fence made from hazel and ash with a matching gate. Was a lot of fun making in situ with a bit of freedom on design
Large section of trellis (5 metres approx) made in situ for a commission. Hazel, coppiced by me, from one of the woods I work – Constantine St wood, Oldham.
Some of my winter work – a relatively straight forward beech hedge that had become a row of trees! and a gappy thin hawthorn hedge that Ive layed and replanted the gaps.
From some work above Cornholme – shows the bit Ive rebuilt the bit Ive dug out to rebuild and the big pile of stone, grass and mud I have to dig out!
Ive updated the dry stone walling page with some of the walling Ive done over the winter (not the best time for walling!!) Ive been busy with hedgelaying too. Most of the winter work was above Todmorden/Cornholme – very beautiful but a bit bleak in the sideways rain and hail.
Having finaly repaired my camera I will be updating the site over the next week or so (particularly some more recent hedge-laying and more dry stone walling) but for now below are some images of a set of steps I was commissioned to make:
Its oak (photo taken in the rain!!) including the bannister rail. All felled in Calderdale
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).
I’ve just started a big walling job too – various repairs (gapping up) rebuilds etc.
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….
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
Quick note – the website is being updated so I apologise if some links lead to dead ends. I am in the process of moving workshops at the moment (in between felling) so the for sale page is out of date. New stock will be available from the end of February.