Monday, April 11, 2016

Hot Tub Shuffle!

Talked a lot of friends into eating pizzas we made in the woodland clay oven (lots of fun) and also moving the wooden hot tub into place from where it was delivered at the edge of wood (surprisingly lots of fun too)

It's heated from a wood-burning stove that's in the water with you, need to set up some rainwater harvesting system next! Will make another post when up and running (will avoid any shots of me in speedos)

Thanks for the photos Vik Salisbury!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wooden Shingle (shake) Making

Hi All, It's been a little while but I hope to get back into blogging again now.

Over the last few months I have been reading up on shingle (shake) making and giving it ago to cover the woodshed roof. Shingles are wooden tiles, they are normally called shingles if they are sawn or sometimes shakes if they are split.

I read up on the traditional technique in Ben Law's new woodland craft book and also found a couple of great educational videos on youtube, here are the best two I could find. Many thanks to these people for sharing, I learn so much from youtube.

So you need to make a 'brake' to help split the shingles off how you want them. Here are the pics of my process for making this:

 and here is me and my Dad, starting to make them in the spring sunshine!

and we were very lucky today with mum making us all some lunch!

Note the wild garlic addition, picked from about 20 metres away

So far we have made about 150, and its taken a couple of days, I think we need 2000 so it's going to be a long job, but it's a great way to spend your days, so it's all good :)