Monday, 19 November 2012

Busy day

Couple of different jobs today,

First up a multi-stemmed Lime with 2 heavy limbs leaning out towards the customers workshop, these were removed and a slight reduction in height carried out on the remaining stems.

Before

 
Trees with co-dominant stems like this are often more likely to loose large sections over the course of time. The cracks you can see between the limbs are where they have not properly joined together. In part due to the ascending nature of the trees growth, the limbs are pushing against each other as they increase in diameter year on year, forming included bark in the union and a potential weak point in the trees structure.

After
Ideally I would have liked to reduce more off of the left hand side of the tree, but the customer was very insistent they they remained as they were.

The next job was an overgrown hedge to knock back into shape


And finally an overgrown apple tree that needed a bit of attention



Having been a bit neglected this tree will need some more work doing to it over the next few years, as if you take too much off in one go you can over stress the tree resulting in more unwanted upward growth.

All in all not a bad days work.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Rustic chopping board and serving platter

Knocked these up out of some boards I'd milled and done nothing with
 

Sycamore chopping board, apparently sycamore is one of the best woods to use in chopping blocks as it actually has some natural antibacterial properties



This was a piece of cherry that wasn't really wide enough to use as a chopping board so left it a bit longer to use as a serving platter. I always think food looks better served this way!

Both were treated with a bees wax based finish, designed for use in salad bowls and butchers blocks

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

hmm...


Think I might need a bit of a roof for the chip box on my truck, does seem to over shoot a bit...