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Fall off if you go any further North - 14th and 15th July

Postby Bob_Fleet » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:31 pm

Dunnet Forestry Trust are having a make a Shaving Horse or Pole Lathe weekend in mid July.
We've always done this at Wooplaw on the last weekend in May so we're branching out.
You might even remember us doing it at the Bodgers' Ball a few years ago when we managed to complete six lathes, with some help.
I think that's where the Chainsaw Kid got his name and we still see a few folk who took lathes away posting regularly - hi.

Anyway - Jay and I are going up to show them our attempts and give them a hand and they even have the grace to call us "skilled craft makers from Wooplaw Woods". Aren't we doing well? Anyway, we're spreading the word, and the skills and the enthusiasm. Might even recruit a few members for the APT.

Dunnet is the last bit of Scotland next to John O' Groats and just before you fall off the top.
Look north and it's Orkney.
They have 104 hectares of woodland and have just finished building an amazing log cabin.
That's where we'll be working.

The Community Woodlands Association is funding this and our plans are to have two working lathes, three shaving horses and a load of competent folk at the end of it.
They've bought the tools and now they need the horses and lathes and want to know how to use them.
This is a great opportunity to share a weekend with the great Scottish Midges - a good year for them so far, the local woodlanders, the 'experts' (I like that bit) from Wooplaw and do some green woodworking. If you set off soon you'll just about get there in time.
Now you know what the Bodgers' Ball in S England is like for us. Oh, when you get to Edinburgh you're about half way so the chance of a great road trip adventure on Scotland's most dangerous road - the A9 too.
Hopefully they'll be able to offer to host the ball in a few years.

Here's the poster so you can contact Kirsty. Be good to see anyone there.
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Feel free to print and distribute this invite.
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Re: Fall off if you go any further North - 14th and 15th Jul

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:39 am

Here's the location - just finished, we'll be the first to use it.
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And there are some great pictures of the construction and carving on their FaceBook page.
I feel a bit of cabin envy coming on.
And we'll maybe even get to see the northern lights while we're there, hope they oblige although it's only dark for about half an hour at this time of year.
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Been there, seen it, Dunnet.

Postby Bob_Fleet » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:57 pm

Just back, exhausted after a a great weekend with great folk in a great woodland and then a 300+ mile drive.
Here's an early photo of some stuff being made and a few of the folk on Saturday.
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One lathe part constructed on the left and a shaving horse on the right.
The cabin is magnificent, you can see the turf going on the roof.
Just to keep us on our toes though they fielded a ringer in their team.
The chap on the left is Ivor. He's the Orkney ferryman. We went to wave him off on Monday morning as we left - see below.
You might recognise his colleague. He was introduced as "Mick". Later we became aware which Mick he is.
This might help
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No pressure then.

Great weather until Monday morning so we didn't take up the trip to Orkney and back and arrived just in time to see Ivor off from John O'Groats on his first trip of the day at 08:50.
We don't know how he arranged it for us but he'd got a pod of a dozen killer whales to display for us and his passengers as he left.
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Brilliant end to a brilliant weekend.
Hope the evaluation forms say the same about us, especially "Mick's".
Thanks Dunnet for a great time.
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Re: Been there, seen it, Dunnet.

Postby gavin » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:13 am

Bob_Fleet wrote:You might recognise his colleague. He was introduced as "Mick". Later we became aware which Mick he is.
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No pressure then.

Brilliant end to a brilliant weekend.
Hope the evaluation forms say the same about us, especially "Mick's".
Thanks Dunnet for a great time.


Do you think they'll have someone called 'Dick' next time who turns out to be Richard Raffan ?
I know Mr O'Donnell and his missus are well-known with a number of books to their credit... so glad you felt ' no pressure' !
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