Monday, 6 September 2010

Party in the Woods

We had a great time at The Party in the Woods on Saturday.  It was in a clearing in the middle of Reffley Woods - a site owned by the Woodland Trust on the outskirts of King's Lynn.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect.


Jo was making willow dragonflies...
There was storytelling, fairy face painting and wandmaking, hurdlemaking, shelter building, African drumming in the woods, a cafe and three very fine musicians playing next to my lathes...

My freshly felled timber was dragged out of the woods to me courtesy of Bob the Cob...
This particular Birch butt proved to be the most awkward and intractable log I've ever had the misfortune to try and get into and led to a lot of sweating and swearing (2 axes and a froe were stuck in it at one point!) - thankfully the ash they brought later on was much more amenable and various items were turned including a new handle for Jeremy's lawn roller...
We had a couple of walks and paddles on the beach at Snettisham and all in all the weekend felt more like a mini-break rather than work.

4 comments:

Le Loup said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, I must organise something along the same lines, only 18th century.
Thanks, good post.

flyingshavings said...

Bad luck with the birch - but if you will allow a horse to choose your timber for you ...

Gorges Smythe said...

Interesting lathe. Have you ever watched Roy Underhill on "The Woodwright Shop" on American public television?

TREEWRIGHT said...

I have watched the last 4 years via webstreaming :-http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/schedule/video.html
and I have all Roy's books. He's been a great inspiration to me.