A Visit to Baker’s Oak Bark Tannery

25. September 2016 Leather 0
A Visit to Baker’s Oak Bark Tannery
In August I was lucky enough to visit Britain’s last oak-bark tannery. They produce top quality leather from Devon’s finest cows using the ancient technique of soaking the hides in oak bark and water. And the great thing is, I peel oak bark with the Coppice Association NW and then sell it to the tannery. So ...

Learning how to make a Welsh Split Hazel Frame Basket

25. September 2016 Basketry 2
Learning how to make a Welsh Split Hazel Frame Basket
I spent a week at Woodland Pioneers with Ruth Pybus and David Brown learning an ancient and almost lost art of splitting strips of hazel from a rod and then weaving them into a frame basket. Ruth and David have spent the last few years researching and trying to find out how these traditional baskets were made. No ...