Friday, 7 February 2020

Visit to the new Pembrokshire group at  Thursday 23rd January 2020

Lee Burton has built an amazing workshop area. Small wonder he has attracted so many new people to join in the fun.


Sunday, 2 February 2020

Kent group, Benenden 18th January



This was a Ash bashing day to get slints for baskets. However most of us just got on with our own project. Claw was shaving a mushroom (I guess).















Robin and ...were making kuksas.
Slough House Wood 3rd Jan 2020



Olvin busy again!




Great little team hear Olvin, Nic, Will and Sue.






I arrived after all the hard work was done. I did bring the diner however. Surprisingly warm.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Cherry Wood Project 19-22nd December 2020






The main car park was full and very wet so opted for a roadway spot, was in good company










Merlin arrived on Saturday and started on our lunch whilst dinner was on the BBQ. Merlin's roast rabbit and rabbit stew! Great to see him again in full health. He injured his shoulder a couple of years ago and found good treatment hard to find!









Tom was busy fueling the many fires - it was cold!




Penty of dogs about.


Nice to see Tim and friends for the last meet for the time being. Tim plans to return in 5 years so we can hope that Cherry Wood Project 2 may come! I have been here for a long time so I will hold my breath. Tim has trained so many apprentices and helped so many getting a start in green woodworking.

Long live the King!
Iden Green 15th November with the Kent group.




Robin Etheridge and









This was primarily a bark basket session using willow bark harvested from Benenden late last year. Spring however is supposed to be the best time of year.
Lisa Atkins, from my part of East London  led the session. Some of the group experimented with leather and card mainly to learn the technique.





This was a very well attended session and thanks to Phill and co for the organisation. More new faces amongst us. Winter appears to attract new members.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

10th October Dowgate Fire Station on the Embankment.

I was invited to attend their open day along with others from city Livery Companies  Happily climate change protests did not impact on my short journey from East London. However I support them 100%. I hope their protests gather strength until our (up to now) useless politicians and broken democratic system changes.

Rant over and now to the great day I had with the amazing public servants in the fire service.


The young lady being dressed in firefighting gear volunteered. The first demonstration was with this investigation officer who showed some domestic appliances and explained how their interventions influenced manufacturers. 



This great dog was part of the equipment used to find clues as to how fires were started. It was also trained to find survivors and bodies after a fire.



This series of photos shows the sequence of events when cutting injured passengers from vehicles. The whole process is about time and injury. They are advised by the LAS (London ambulance service) as to the critical speed required for each incident. Happily the injured person was acting!



They break the windows and remove the glass after protecting the injured and their personnel. Screens are sawn as they are laminated, the rest is smashed as it is zone toughened. 




Bags are used to cover the spread of glass. Whilst this is all going on their is a senior member of the team advises and stands a safe distance with fire fighting equipment to deal with any secondary ignition.










Doors are removed and put at a safe distance










Drones are used to deliver respirators and life jackets to save lives at the scene as well as delivering camera footage and infra red images.




5/6th October Weald & Downland Autumn Countryside Show at Singleton, Sussex


This year the events have changed. The Wood Show became an Historic life event. Happily for the greenwood workers there were more very interested people and less just general public. Gone were most of the commercial stalls and huge eating area. Sales maybe down but the atmosphere was greatly improved.

Well this show was very much along those lines. Interest was much improved and so were the sales. Unfortunately they have now moved the date of the Historic Life event to the end of May. Hopefully we can all make it.

Many thanks to the organisers and especially Julian the curator and Mark Allery.