Here is a photo selection of hazel coppice stools I took at Wood Nook on Wednesday lunchtime.
Notice how the poles are bent and differing thicknesses when the stool has stood uncut for so long, there are some very old thick branches in there.
Here’s the next one for shaving, you can see the charcoal bag I’m using to collect dead and dry sun shoots for kindling. Hazel throws up sun shoots, new side shoots,even when there are loads of old branches which block out the light so much that many little shoots perish for lack of light.
An hour later, all flat and partly graded into the various useful items from brash tops to cover the stool to avoid browsing by deer, to deer parts and fencing poles. This one still needs to final big, low cut right across the base to encourage new growth from basal buds.
This is the regrowth a couple of years after cutting.
This one’s the best in the wood, I think it has a microclimate next to a wall, on a bank above the stream. Lots of good straight poles.
And here is the stream. At some point long ago it was partly culverted, I can’t think why in this rather remote rural location.
They made quite a job of it, but I think a lot of it has fallen in through neglect and heavy floods.
David took a time-lapse video of our Tuesday activities felling near The Strid:
Most of this will end up either as fire wood or in the charcoal kiln, but there is some decent ash, sycamore and what seems to be willow, new one for me from this woodland.
Don’t take it too seriously, the shot where a bough nearly took my head off has been edited out, along with other inappropriate content. Also I am not in the habit of using a 24 inch bar for felling saplings. My 260 was in dock for carburettor cleaning so the 66 was hauled into service, most inconvenient, I can tell you.
Just for clarification, the punning title was supposed to be Tree Fellahs at The Strid, we had it several times during the course of the day.
Many hands make light work, thanks chaps.