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Explorer Scouts - Hedge cutting and stuff...

Postby TinkerPhil » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:38 am


I joined this forum at least initially to ask this question - so please forgive me if this is the wrong forum or an abuse of your goodwill.

I am the local Explorer Scout leader - Explorers are aged 14 to 18 - and I am thinking of a project based around pruning a neighbour's seriously overgrown hedge (its about 12 feet tall in places). I'm not interested in laying the hedge - just bringing it down to a more friendly height and entertaining/exhausting the Explorers whilst I do it.

Initially I was thinking 'chop it down and make a fire' - that would give me two meetings of entertainment - one to chop it down, the other to burn it - but then I stumbled across this site whilst looking for info on sharpening my billhook and it got me to thinking...

Is there anything interesting I could do with the wood I get from the hedge?

The branches are not overly thick - maybe 2" max at the base and there's only about 20 yards of hedge to cut down

If you could think of any fun things I could do with it I am "all ears"

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Re: Explorer Scouts - Hedge cutting and stuff...

Postby Davie Crockett » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:12 pm

Hi Phil, Welcome to the forum!
2" dia especially with crooks and bends has at least potential for some spoons and spatulas for your camp kitchen, other things you could make are toasting forks, with thinner branches, any longer 6ft plus thumb thick sticks could potentially be used to make a coracle (Using a tarp as a skin). Also lots of knots and lashing practice to tie it together. Half logs with protruding branches can be turned into coat hooks.
Obviously spoons will need specialised knives to scoop the bowl and some tuition on specific grips to use to minimise injury (There will be some nicks to fingers...we all do as starters). If you can get hold of a book by Wille Sundqvist (Swedish Carving Techniques), it will go a long way towards giving you the skills to make small items safely.
Steer clear of using Laburnam, Yew or Cherry laurel but other than that, the sky is the limit. I'm sure other members will have better ideas than mine, but these will get you started.

Oh and could you post your location on your profile as it gives us an idea of who could offer local help if necessary.
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Re: Explorer Scouts - Hedge cutting and stuff...

Postby Darrell » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:17 pm

As Davie says, you can build a coracle, or any shape of boat you please.
I took our Scouts to a sugarbush (forest for producing maple syrup). We pruned out a lot of brush and we set them to work on a boat.
Here's my son paddling it. The kids christened it "Bacon". It was a great lashing project, both shear and square lashings done over and over and over until you never forget it.

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