Friday, 25 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
I decided to treat myself this week by buying myself a Hans Karlsson gauge adze. Although a bit extravagant (over £100) I had come to the conclusion that I was better off spending more and ensuring I get a quality item. I was not disappointed, the adze has an unmistakable quality to it that you could never get from a mass produced tool.
|As I said, still not finished, no prizes for guessing the species|
Sunday, 13 February 2011
I went to see a good friend of mine last night, who happens to live in a yurt! He has managed to achieve something many people spend there whole lives dreaming about; living in the woods. He is what is most easily referred to as a 'social forester' in that he takes groups of kids out into the woods and teaches them woodland skills, in an attempt to broaden their horizons, more often than not these are 'troubled kids' who have not had the best of upbringings and in turn struggle with society. My friend makes a huge difference to their lives, even if its only in one session a week. Many of them have never set foot in the woods, never sat round a campfire, never whittled a stick (often just turning a big stick into a slightly smaller pointier stick!) This is something I struggled to comprehend as my whole childhood I spent playing outside in the countryside and woodlands that surround the farm on which i was brought up. But I had to remind myself that growing up in an inner city school is a world away from my upbringing, even if these kids wanted to play in a woodland, where would they start? how could they get there? So what these programs offer them is a chance to experience the kind of thing that I have always taken for granted.
Although now I have felt the quality of the Gransfors I think it will definitely be making its way into my arsenal of tools!
|Some of the tools I have re handle/restored, the middle hatchet is what I currently used for carving|
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Working as an arborist I get access to all kinds of different species of wood, in shapes and forms that may not be available to your average wood worker/carver, for example here is an Alder burr jewellery dish that i made for my girlfriend for her birthday