Advanced Green Woodwork

His First Chair With no woodwork experience at all, James  Lovick-Earl spent 9 days in July on an advanced green woodwork course with Tim Gatfield and produced this magnificent chair with crinoline stretcher and curved arm supports. James, 22 and an aspiring Police officer, was bought the course by his grandparents who had both made … Read more

Steam Bending Jig

Steam Bending Jig I will add some pictures asap Inspired by failed bends and James Mursell’s book Rob Exton builds a steam bending Jig. I have been involved with many bendings over the past few years and have experienced my fair share of failures. It takes a long time preparing a blank and steaming for … Read more

Geodesic dome

A little bit of Eden I will add more pictures in due course Project Week in the woods Many of the woodland based craft training suppliers such as Tim Gatfield’s Cherry Wood, Mike Abbots Living Wood and Gudren Leitz at Clisset wood have some form of project/development week in the Spring and/or Autumn where for … Read more

Green Shoes

Green Shoes, Woodland Boots and Happy Feet I will add more pictures to this when time permits Rob Exton visits an environmentally sound and ethical producer of quality shoes to make a pair for himself. With awkward feet to shoe I have long wished I could make my own to gain some comfort and the … Read more

Leather Tanning

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Introduction To Leatherwork

Woodwork to Leatherwork Rob Exton learns a brand new skill and spends a day with Lois Orford learning how to do leatherwork properly. British woodlands have always been inextricably linked with the leather tanning industry for thousands of years.  The bark and leaves from Oak, Willow, Alder and other vegetation with a high tannin content, … Read more

Shrink Pots

Shrink Pots with Sean Hellman Shrink Pots Are very democratic in that very few, simple tools are needed to make them, the materials are inexpensive and the skills readily learnt. Bowl carving needs more gouges to cut across the grain, whilst bowl turning needs a huge lathe and specialist tools. With shrink pots – anyone … Read more

Green Woodwork Items

For my Godson George’s 21st Birthday I gave the usual wallop of cash but thought he should have something for posterity but that he could use every day. Cherry Bowl with carving in recessed bottom and with greeting card inside ready to post [hr]More shrink pots Here are 2 more of my efforts – On … Read more

Shepherd hut Build

Building a Shepherds Hut This is record of me building my shepherds hut. It is in reverse order chronologically therefore you will need to scroll to the bottom and work upwards. This project came about, as always, as a challenge, but more so that I was getting a little tired of sleeping in my Toyota … Read more