Penistone Show and Guisborough Forest Festival

demonstration, Hedge laying, Stalls

A busy weekend of demonstrating tool handle making at Penistone Agricultural Show (Pics to follow) and demonstrating hedge-laying at Guisborough Forest Festival.  (pics to follow) Both were busy with a lot going on that I didn’t get to see!. I met a couple of old boys who still layed hedges – “to stop it being too draughty for the sheep” 

Only managed 5m of hedge all day! so must have talked to a few people!!

Hedge, gate and fence commission

Gates, Green wood craft, Hedge laying

DSCF1569DSCF1572 A recently completed fence and gate commission. The client liked the tall posts – I was going to cut them down to the same height as the fence!.



Been meaning to post this picture for a while – it is a over grown part coppiced/low pollarded part laid ‘hedge’ near Dent (one of my favourite places). Around there  most of the hedges are managed which is great to see.


News – National Trust plant fair, new stuff and moving to the cow shed

Education and workshops, Green wood craft, Stalls

new bits 006Had to use a gazebo at the weekend for the National Trust Plant fair as my canvas lean too is mouldy!! (I’m going to dye it). Made the last furniture I will be making at my old workshop – I move to my new workshop next week.



BioretortHave a new page advertising the courses I will be running. 1st one is June 29th – Biochar: A practical guide to producing and using Biochar, it’s uses, possibilities and limitations (More detail on the Course’s page)

Country show in the snow and hedge-layed, gaps planted

Green wood craft, Hedge laying, Stalls

Completed hedge As well as completing the Standedge hedge Ive been busy restoring another large hedge. This time it involved laying a bit, coppicing a bit and planting 320 hawthorn, blackthorn, crab apple and dog rose in the gaps.  It was a tough one trying to find time inbetween overnight frosts to plant/lay.


Fireside and garden Ive just made and sold a lot of this type of furniture, its fun to make with prices ranging from £15 – £35. get in touch if you would like any (its made to order at the moment)

Off to Country showOff to Slaithwaite

And finally me and my sandwich board off to Slaithwaite Country Show. I couldnt get the car out or get to my stock to have a full stall.



Hedge laying in progress

Hedge laying

Hedge laying in progress
Busy trying to find time in between over night heavy frosts and day time blizzards to lay hedges. The photo shows work in progress near Standedge tunnel, Marsden. The work is for Enviromental Allience/Kirklees Council. It’s a mixed hedge (with too many overstood ash trees!) Once I’ve layed the whole hedge I will twist in or trim any ends sticking out too much. There is no binder for the top in this style of hedge (an approximate Westmoreland style). Photo kindly taken by Mark Fuggle (while he was walking the dog)


Two Gates school wood

Education and workshops, Woodlands

I’m now managing Two Gates Primary School wood, Slaithwaite. As part of that I’m working with students representatives from every class – ‘Green Club’. They are going to help with some of the work, monitor wildlife and develop their own projects around my management plan for the woods. My main aims are to encourage the use and understanding of the wood ; to manage it sustainably as a working wood that can provide the school with resources for fencing, play equipment, seating, bean sticks etc.

The picture is my plan (survey) of the woods.

Last night was my first session. It was great to be in the woods getting the kids excited about the them.