have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful
This fascination with ancient hunter gatherer societies, different ways of living and natural history drives my passion to learn, create & pass on knowledge which i believe can only be for the betterment of our society as a whole.
You'll find me teaching in various places around dorset, as well as spending as many days sleeping out in the woods with my family practicing what I preach!
my journey into green woodworking officially began in 2011, when i started an apprenticeship with renowned woodsman Ben Law. This apprenticeship saw me living full time in a 100 acre coppice in West Sussex, managing the woodland in the traditional way and learning ancient skills such as charcoal making, timber framing and the green wood crafts that used to supply us with the majority of our everyday items.
following this apprenticeship I moved to Dorset with my wife, started a family and began to pursue my fascination with ancient technology and ways of living full time.
what is green woodworking anyway?
the techniques i use in my work have changed little in hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. A few simple hand tools are used to create the majority of my projects. The Axe, Froe, Knife & Saw are the tools i use the most.
machines are used only on larger projects; a chainsaw & sawmill for cutting large timber & making boards... occasionally a planer for table tops.
Green woodworking starts with an intimate understanding of trees, their character, and how they grow. Wood is chosen depending on the project - for spoons and woodenware; curves, twists & nice shapes in branches are usually the first consideration, next to that the species and its individual properties. For outdoor structures & furniture, durability is paramount - oak & sweet chestnut being the usual choices.
i use no chemical preservatives in my work and 95% of the wood i use is sourced within a few miles of my home.
all spoons, bowls & woodenware are finished by hand with edge tools, no sandpaper here. They are finished with food grade flaxseed oil the majority of the time.