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Julian Heath
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Leicester Countrysidehow
This year was our third year at the Leicester Countryside Show (formally known as the National Forest Wood Fair) and the first time that we didn't have torrential rain. At the moment we only do two shows per year and with the disastrous weather we had exper...

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Car Boot Axe
Last week I picked up this little axe/hatchet from a car boot sale for £1. I often see rusty old axe heads or neglected/abused axes and I'm a bit of a sucker for them, especially as I only pay £2 - 50p for them and they are usually good, old steel. This one...

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The Greenwood Guild
Last month I went with some friends to visit the Green Wood Guild in Stepney East London. The  Green Wood Guild  was set up about two years ago by Barn (the spoon) Carder and runs regular courses and workshops. They've produced this lovely video, which will...

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New Website
I've been working on putting together some kind of online shop for a while now, and I've found it really frustrating. Making things out of wood is much easier. I've had a few enquiries about sales over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd better just bite t...

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Mike Abbott Shave Horse
I'm getting ready to begin my first journey into chair making, but first I needed to build a new shave horse. I made my first shave horse a while back out of a salvaged plank of wood and some branches from some nearby woods. Richard and I each made one toge...

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Basket Weaving
Basket by Rachel Evans Things have gone pretty dark over here for a while, so our apologies for that. I'm going to make more of an effort now to keep things up and running. One of the first things I want to write about is the basketry course we did at the b...

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Plates
I've been wanting to have a go at turning some plates for ages, so when I recently got hold of a Birch log that was suitably big, I thought that it was about time to give it a try. I'm really pleased with the result, but the process made me think that it's ...

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Carving Day
This  is a post I should have done a while ago. Richard and I don't often get the opportunity to get together to do some carving, but during each school holiday we always make an effort to meet up. Last half term we got together at Richard's and decided to ...

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Natural Sharpening Stones
I made a box for this little sharpening stone the other day as a gift for Richard. I often pick up nice natural sharpening stones from car boot sales and whenever I see a nice user made box, the chances are there'll be a nice stone inside. I thought it woul...

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Kuksa
I've been experimenting recently with making turned kuksas. A kuksa is a wooden cup made by the Sami people of Sweden and Finland. I think kuksa is the Finnish word for them and in Sweden they are known as kasa. I've also seen them referred to by different ...
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