Woodland Pioneers Week 2021
This year (2021) was a little different to previous years due to you-know-what. We ran it on a slightly smaller scale with more emphasis on socialising outside. It was so nice to meet new people with similar interests and to spend some much enjoyed times in the wood.

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Charcoal Making with the Coppice Co-op
We had the Coppice Co-op on site throughout the week teaching and demonstrating the most common ways to make charcoal from locally harvested wood. From using a ring kiln, to a barrel on its side, to an earth clamp to a small tin for making artists charcoal. The Coppice Co-op are a workers co-operative based in Silverdale where they work and manage the local woodlands, producing not just charcoal, but a selection of coppice products. See more on their website: www.coppicecoop.co.uk

Treen with Twiggy
Twiggy guided everyone through the making of spatulas, clothes pegs, gypsy flowers and more. Lots of shave horse action for clamping the wood and safe use of a carving knife, axe and drawknife.

Stools with Helen Clarke
Solid ash seats with split and drawknifed legs. Very nice! Adzes were used to smooth the seats then mortices were drilled into the slab seats and the stools assembled.

Riven Oak Panels with Owen Jones
Boiled lengths of split oak can be riven (split) into thinner and thinner pieces until they become very pliable when kept damp. Rectangular frames were then made in groups and the riven oak woven onto the frame to make a panel. This method of riving oak is also used by Owen during the process of making oak swill baskets.

Camping in the woods and evening fun at the tea tent were the glue that kept the week together!