Friday, 25 August 2017

The Wilderness Gathering  - Bison Farm West Knole Devon 16/27th August
This was my third year at this event organised by Roger Harrington (Bison bushcraft) and Dominic Harvey. The APTGW were represented by Mike Church - trug and basket maker, Stephen Munn – longbows and myself.

This boat builder was pretty good at steaming just about anything – his trailer looked like many hours of precision work, note the wheel arches.

Roundhouse Richard was doing his usual thing – being very resourceful.

Bumped into Richard Allen again – this time he was sharing some space with his excellent pole lathe turning; missed a good picture of that but here he is with Axe and paddle

These guys were demonstrating everything to do with processing venison but were enjoying it far too much – think they need to make some winter moccasins.

As well as Bison there were many strange species including these Guinea fowl nesting up a tree along the main thoroughfare.

Jon Mac maker of some very pretty Kuksa’s This was his personal cognac cup.

I do enjoy meeting people who bring me things they have made since the last time we met. This burr is a fine example.

Mike Church –  making smoke and coffee making resources (hot water). He is now experimenting with hazel basketry. There is a lot of preparation involved, heating and splitting the over-stood hazel. He made a quiver pretty quickly however.

The evening entertainment is varied but this Musician on Saturday night was amazing – he was playing and recording loops as he went, including a very large didgeridoo. Seek him out on Youtube - Vogta

Spoon from Adi, another man from last year, who wanted to start green woodworking. So far a green woodworking spare bedroom and two out buildings later!

He made me this spoon on Saturday.

A very well organised event and thanks to Roger and all his crew. We were a little short of demonstrators this year, if you fancy it next year get in touch.

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