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Sourcing wood

Postby Crabbythistle » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:42 pm

I am new to bodging but from what I read most coppicing is done down south or in the north west. It would be a great help if you could let meknow the best way to source materials and how you guys first strted sourcing wood. Humerous stories always welome :lol:
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:28 pm

Hi

We must be near neighbours.

It depends where you are in the Borders but there are now over 20 Community Woodlands here. I started at bodging at Wooplaw and still get timber there. There is almost certainly a woodland near you.

I'm taking the pole lathe to the Border Union Show in Kelso for the next 2 days and then we'll have a shaving horse up at Wooplaw on Sunday for the 'Wild in the Woods' - probably gipsy flowers again.
Next Wednesday there are some volunteers coming down from Midlothian so we'll have a pole-lathe and shaving horse set up at Gullet Wood in Wooplaw.
Your welcome to join us any of these days.

Tomorrow I'll probably be felling something for the next days.
Send a PM if you're interested

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Bob
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Re: Sourcing wood

Postby gavin » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:33 pm

Crabbythistle wrote:I am new to bodging but from what I read most coppicing is done down south or in the north west. It would be a great help if you could let meknow the best way to source materials and how you guys first strted sourcing wood. Humerous stories always welome :lol:

Talk to Bob aka Fleetpeople. Apart from his tendency to post scurrilous images of you :shock: , he is pretty sound.

Also look out for trees being felled in your area. You will be tempted by what I call 'park grown' trees i.e. with lots of branches. You don't want that. You want what I call 'forest grown' i.e. where the tree grew straight up, seeking light from above and not all round. These have least knots and are easiest to work. Firewood merchants are a good place to start, not least cos they have tonnes of wood lying about, saving you the bother of negotiating access, felling and extracting. I would not take anything over 12 inches or under 6 inches diameter at this stage. Be picky!
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:03 pm

Ta Gav
I also post scurilous pictures of me, remember this one?
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Here's the map of the local community woodlands
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The website for the Borders Community Woodland forum is
http://www.woodsforpeople.org/fx.bcwf/scheme/default.aspx
and Borders Forest Trust is
http://www.bordersforesttrust.org/

The large Borders estates all have managers and some have there own foresters. By and large they are sympathetic and you could try an approach.
Probably best to have your lathe made first.
I can offer a lathe bed from a half log but you'll need to put legs on it.
Poppets from two logs and there you go.
Set of spindles for £12 if you need them too.

Welcome to the clan

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Postby Crabbythistle » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:50 pm

Thanks for that, I will need to get out more - what better excuse can I have!?!
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