Workshops and Student Resources

Tales from the Wood

Bracken Whipping

Bracken can dominate a new plantation, outcompeting young saplings and collapsing onto tree guards in autumn bringing them to the ground. There is plenty of evidence that crushing the bracken stems with a tractor-driven roller Read more…

Next Winter’s Log Stack

A bit late with the log stack this year, but with the best of the drying weather still to come, it should be just fine. Technically, the log stack is built in a windrow configuration, Read more…

Birch Bark

Looking ahead to the workshop for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, I thought it a good idea to make a short reconnaissance visit to the Hickling Reserve, just to see what materials are available. Lots to Read more…

Willow Bindings

Down by Foxes Beck, a tangle of willow scrub emerges from the waterlogged banks. The inner bark, or more precisely, ‘the cambium layer’, is a fine material for bindings. Either raw, or retted (boiled in Read more…

Bramble Bindings

Thinking ahead to the ‘Wild Jewellery’ event I’m running for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, I thought I’d see how last year’s bramble growth behaved for simple bindings. Quite tough to ‘thread’ (peeling off the vicious Read more…

Regenerative Birch and Besom Brooms

Thousands of self-set birch have appeared in the new plantation, with some, crowding out the sweet chestnut and oak. They need to be thinned, and this provides a good opportunity to collect the side stems Read more…

Furze from a Lost Heathland

The common gorse is appearing all over the new plantation. This seems to indicate that this little patch of North Norfolk was once a heathland. The nature of the soil seems correct, and some RAF Read more…

A Pair of Ash Gates

A Pair of Ash Gates These new forest gates were made from the ash tree I felled for the new plantation. A lightweight construction that uses the traditional (and amazingly effective) draw-pegged joint, combined with Read more…

Stickering

Until I sort out a mini saw-mill of my own, I’ve been getting some hardwoods planked up at a local wood mill. These planks are from a fine ash tree that we felled for the Read more…