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Wild About Wood carving and Sizergh

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After running the stools course at Malham Tarn Centre, there was a little break and then we all set off for our favourite event Wild About Wood at The Yorkshire Arboretum in The East Riding of Yorkshire.
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It is a two-day event so we camped next to a pretty oaken woodland shelter in the cruck style of timber framing.  It made a pretty good dining/kitchen area.

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It was built in 2001 by a mixed team of English and German woodworkers:

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(Acknowledgements to Woodland Heritage who sent me a copy of this article.)

After a while I was feeling uneasy in the arboretum, it just seemed a bit weird:

SAMSUNG CSCFinally it struck me that an arboretum is not woodland, as I’m used to, it is a garden for trees, and is different even from parkland (which this one used to be).  All the usual underwood is missing and grass is the base layer.  I guess this must be done so the shape of the trees can be seen fully, although I still have doubts about whether a singleton tree is ‘natural’ compared to woodland trees.  But, to be fair to Yorkshire Arboretum, there are a few groves and thickets where trees can be seen in a more crowded environment.  They are also busy scarifying large sections of grass to make wildflower meadows, I’m looking forward to seeing those nest year!  I hope I get to see the barn owl again too.  I had no camera when it flew past me early morning, but this is what they look like:

(Credit: animalsadda.com)

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I’ve started getting rather interested in adding gouge driven carvings to my stuff (Blame Peter Folansbee!).  These spatulas seem to be flying off my shop shelf (even when the wind isn’t blowing).

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And the obverse:

And a fancied-up shrink pot:

Yesterday we were doing a demo at Sizergh Castle, along with a good bunch of other woodsmen from Coppice Association North West.  It was a beautiful early Autumn day with the leaves just starting to turn.

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But next couple of weeks we’re in New York and Massachusetts.  Watch this space.