I’m reading “The Workshop Book” by Scott Landis.
This is in preparation for the building of a Winter bolthole for when the mercury gets way low (for Yorkshire) so I can go inside instead of this:
As I approach 61 years my fortitude diminishes and cold feet become not so much an annoyance as a complete distraction from work. OK this bolthole is still on the stocks for 2013/14, but I am determined it will be real for 2014/15 (sounds like a long, long way off right now).
Anyway, on a very positive note, Scott refers me to a film of Ben Thresher’s Mill, runs off water power and makes real things. If you have 58 minutes to spare, I promise you they will not be wasted in watching this film.
Although March is now with us and it also stopped raining about two weeks ago, the temperature is still dropping to below freezing most nights. However, it’s sunny, and last week I enjoyed a couple of luncheons at my Riverside Canteen:
The river looks good and even has a blue cast in the sunshine:
While actually the water is a tannin brown:
Coppicing continues at Wood Nook as there are only flower buds, but no leaf-burst as yet. David did some good dead hedging to keep the deer from getting at the new growth and nibbling off the ends. It looked rather good.
I don’t think he was too impressed with my attempts, but then we were running out of brash to use as material, it is rather time-consuming to build, and there is more hazel to be cut down this year.
I used my wigwam construction on the large stool previously mentioned:
I’m sure the best plan would be a deer-proof fence around the whole coppice land parcel, but the management plan, strangely does not seem to provide for that.