trees and woodland – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:51:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Collecting birch bark canoe bark http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/06/collecting-birch-bark-canoe-bark/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/06/collecting-birch-bark-canoe-bark/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:11:43 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15740

We are progressing nicely with our birch bark canoe build, we have collected spruce root for the stitching and processed a lot of it. Now it was time to collect the big pieces of bark for the canoe. Here’s April and Jarrod Stone Dahl heading off into the woods. April makes the ash splint pack […]

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1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/15/1000-year-old-trees-and-amazing-woodlands-in-majorca/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/15/1000-year-old-trees-and-amazing-woodlands-in-majorca/#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:31:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/15/1000-year-old-trees-and-amazing-woodlands-in-majorca These are pictures from my recent walking holiday in north of Majorca. As an ex forester I was blown away by the shear number of ancient trees. These first few were tiny compared to the really ancient ones I saw later on. They look dead but they are not. nice to see these old trees […]

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how to read a woodland http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/06/how-to-read-a-woodland/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/06/how-to-read-a-woodland/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:59:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/06/how-to-read-a-woodland WG Hoskins wrote “The English landscape itself, to those who know how to read it aright, is the richest historical record we possess.” (p14, ‘The Making of the English Landscape’, 1955).  Few people know how to read landscape but it is a wonderful thing with layer upon layer upon layer of history. I was recently […]

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the ash tree, ash die back and ash bowls http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/the-ash-tree-ash-die-back-and-ash-bowls/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/the-ash-tree-ash-die-back-and-ash-bowls/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:59:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/ash-tree-ash-die-back-and-ash-bowls I love ash trees, in particular weeping ash is one of my all time favourites though rarely planted today. Ash timber is incredibly versatile, strong and springy, over the years it has been used for all manner of things including the felloes (rims) of wooden wheels, axe and hammer handles, all manner of sports goods […]

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which is the best wood for spoon carving http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/07/02/which-is-the-best-wood-for-spoon-carving/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/07/02/which-is-the-best-wood-for-spoon-carving/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:10:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/07/02/what-sort-of-wood-is-best-for-spooncarving It’s important to get the best wood for spoon carving. When starting out I recomend willow (Salix sp), poplar (Populus sp), alder (Alnus) and lime (Tilia sp) lime in the UK is basswood in the US. These are the softest of the hardwoods. These woods carve really easily when freshly cut or green and make […]

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Ancient trees and woodland management at Hatfield Forest http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/08/ancient-trees-and-woodland-management-at-hatfield-forest/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/08/ancient-trees-and-woodland-management-at-hatfield-forest/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:25:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/08/ancient-trees-and-woodland-management-at-hatfield-forest Hatfield forest is an incredible survival of a landscape little changed from medieval times. Here under the flightpath of Stansted airport there are hundreds of trees that were growing during Shakespeare’s lifetime, coppice woodland, pollard trees, flower rich meadows, marsh and a history of land management little changed for 1000 years.  Hatfield has a special […]

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Ancient carpentry and ancient woodland http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland/#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2010 08:03:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland This is Professor Oliver Rackham talking in the Cressing Temple Barley barn (built c 1205-1235) Prof Rackham is an acknowledged expert on woodland history and he talked us through the timbers of this great barn, 600 individual timbers which he calculated came from 480 mostly quite small oak trees. In the UK today we have […]

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“how to source wood for woodturning” or “wood does grow on trees” http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/06/06/how-to-source-wood-for-woodturning-or-wood-does-grow-on-trees/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/06/06/how-to-source-wood-for-woodturning-or-wood-does-grow-on-trees/#comments Sun, 06 Jun 2010 09:06:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/06/06/how-to-source-wood-for-woodturning-or-wood-does-grow-on-trees Friday was sourcing wood day for me, I bought a tree which will make many hundreds of bowls and keep me busy for a few months. The importance of getting the right tree can create or save hundreds of hours work over that time and will also affect the character of the bowls available for […]

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Bradfield bridge progress http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-progress/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-progress/#respond Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:16:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-progress I have had little time for blogging recently but have been making good progress on my green oak bridge at Bradfield. This post showed the start of the work on the stone abutments. The next step was finding a suitable tree for the main timbers. I have been looking for this tree for many months. […]

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wooden bowl carving course http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/02/25/wooden-bowl-carving-course/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/02/25/wooden-bowl-carving-course/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:14:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/02/25/wooden-bowl-carving-course Would you like to see some beautiful wooden bowls?   These are not my work but carved by students on a most enjoyable course this week. Having been offering spoon carving courses for some years now it was a natural progression to offer a bowl carving course but I was not quite happy with any […]

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