Our Woodlands Surviving Us

29. May 2016 Wood 2
Our Woodlands Surviving Us
It’s amazing how woodlands regenerate all by themselves. A few years ago BHMAT ran their annual course here. It was raining and the ground got churned up and muddy. But now, 8 years on, the shaving break is all that remains. The blue bells are back and all looks beautiful!    

Leather Tool Sheath Course

18. May 2016 Leather 0
Leather Tool Sheath Course
Last weekend I had the pleasure of running a tool sheath making course in the beautiful woodlands of South Cumbria. Why outside and why in the woods? The course was hosted by the Coppice Association North West as a collection of coppicing-related subjects, called Weekend in the Woods. My students made sheaths for their billhooks, axes, ...

Taking the Bark back to the Bark House

07. May 2016 Leather 2
Taking the Bark back to the Bark House
Bark House is a very old, one-room stone building owned by the National Trust. It’s set near Ashness Bridge – an iconic place where tourists come to take photos. Bark House was originally used to store oak bark before it was sent to the Keswick tannery. But no longer, as tanneries across the country have ...