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birch bark canoes

In 1996 I took my lathe to demonstrate turning as part of the Mary Rose Trust stand at Bristol Festival of the Sea. My lasting memory of the weekend was not the tall ships, wonderful though they were. I stayed with fellow green woodworker Gudrun Lietz and one evening watched a video called Cesar’s bark […]

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My blog index and top ten posts

I have just added a new blog index over to the right and whilst I was indexing I picked out ten blog posts which have been personal favourites, have initiated corespondence and debate or have led on to other things. For readers new to my blog I hope you might find these posts of interest. […]

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my blog links

I am not sure if anyone ever looks at the page links across to the right under “Links and Blogs” if you do and enjoy what you find there let me know. I only link to people I know well or causes I know about and believe in so it is not a long list. […]

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Edale in the snow and winter tyres

Most folk reading this probably know we are having a bit of a cold snap in the UK at the moment. Truth is all that has happened is that the warm weather we come to expect coming off the Atlantic has stopped for a while so we are experiencing the sort of weather most folk […]

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book giveaway winner

I am a bit late doing my draw but we had 34 replies in the comments box for the book giveaway and I just put 1-34 into the random number generator and it came up 7 so if “The Fuz” would like to get in contact I have a book for you.

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holiday cottage in Galicia,Spain

This post is a plug for Lluis and Anna’s rather lovely holiday cottage in the mountains of northern Spain. It is called “Casa dos Artesans” and I will I am sure be returning with the family. It is the perfect spot for a group of folk who don’t want the standard beach holiday. If you […]

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Edale landscape photos

Just wanted to share a couple of snaps taken out of my back garden last week. I love the way the landscape changes as the light moves across the hills spotlighting different areas. These two shots show features spanning 2500 years of human activity. Looking south we see Mam Tor or mother hill an iron […]

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shortlisted for artisan of the year award

I just heard that I have been shortlisted for the Balvenie/Country Living artisan of the year award. Some of the past winners can be seen on the Balvenie website here http://www.thebalvenie.com/en-gb/art_awards_interview.php There are some wonderful craftspeople represented there and the commitment and passion for their crafts shines out. Since starting to make quaiches a few […]

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a few thoughts from the world of folk music

I just came across this rather nice article written in respect of folk music but change a few names and it could equally well apply to traditional crafts. “In 1931 H.G. Wells wrote “In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century, intervening between the perception that […]

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