Tales from the Wood

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The Show Begins
The new season’s work has started, and from now until June I’ll be tracing the development of work leading up to the Cold Press show. It all starts with a tree; in this case a fairly large sycamore, which was earmarked to be thinned-out last year. After felling and snedding, the straight and clear sections were sawn out, stacked and ‘stickered’ (raised slightly off the damp floor). Everything else becomes firewood for next winter and the brash is collected up ready to make faggots to fuel summer hot water. Almost immediately, the wood will start to dry out and ‘check’, so the end-grain is sealed with hot pitch and kept in the wood for shade. A couple of billets were split on site for immediate working and taken down to the workshop in the truck. Of course the little Fergie tractor is being mollycoddled in it’s shelter - well...it is really cold!