Saudi Activity Day


Yesterday I entertained a group of Saudi engineering students, I provided one day in a five week cultural heritage summer school. I set them various tasks including:

making a pole lathe;

a shave horse which was named after the mighty Kehilan, whose name was carved onto the seat and attractive eyes, nostrils, tail and moustache added!
There was also a Chinese box bellows, the forge didn’t get built as the close tolerance joints on the bellows box were too much of a challenge. Everyone seeemed to enjoy the day though:

And as they worked so quickly there was time for a walk down to the woods and a chance encounter with a ford – not many of them in Saudi Arabia, I fear!

By then the rain showers had ceased.
It was an interesting, if rather hectic day – much vigilance needed when two members of the group were wearing flip flops! But I do now has a rather massive first aid box that copes with up to 50 people – no means of sewing toes back on though.

New woodburner, new woods

I spent most of this afternoon on the roof getting a new flue-liner in place for our new to us Norwegian stove. It was rather a struggle, at one point it was so stuck it seemed like it would never go down the chimney, 7 metres of stainless 6 inch flue pipe on the top of our roof is not so much fun. But …

We finally got it down. And then brought in the repaired Trolla Brugge and got it nearly installed:

But in the morning we went to look at Hawkcliffe Woods which are in the process of being transferred to BEAT

It is being gifted for community use – I hear courses and Forest School activities calling. It’s a super wood, with no public access and was thinned about 10 years ago and has some great clearings – just right for shelters, workshops, compost toilets mmmm …

So now, after a very exciting day – rest:

And it’s stopped raining!