Just done a 3 day workshop at High Woods Country Park in Colchester. We last did it two years ago when Jed was our new puppy. They have a switched on attitude to their volunteers and reward them with training in wooden rake making, basketry, hedge laying, green woodwork, trips to Westonbirt Arboretum etc.
|Brian, the Mayor of Wivenhoe struggling to burn lines into his dibber.|
|Trudi looks like she’s enjoying carving her spoon.|
|Greg with his hobo’s reel|
|Russ made a very nice Chestnut spurtle.|
|A happy group at the end of the last day.|
They’ve made one of Mike Abbotts Champion the Lumber Horses – it’s the first time I’ve tried one and it felt really good. I’m going to make one with a few tweaks here and there – download the plans here.
However that drawknife in the picture was a Ray Iles one which Mike has apparently designed – it was awful to use. The bevel is far too steep and the handles are at the wrong angle to the cutting edge (too high).