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Friday 30 December 2011

New Year New Chair

The weather has been pretty grim throughout the Christmas holiday's wet and windy then. Very wet and very windy, along with the gales and torrential rain you get the idea its been pretty wet. No wandering in the woods or biking So I dug out some Elm and oak, and cut some parts for a chair I have the blueprints in my head at the moment so you will be watching the various stages shortly.

So this year is now coming to a close and a new one just round the corner.I wish all the followers and friends of Talk From The Timber a very happy and healthy new year in 2012:):)

Saturday 24 December 2011

Christmas Rose

A few week's ago we had snow and after the past couple of years I thought we would have snow for Christmas. But now the temp is around 10c during the day, and these warmer temperatures have stirred a little rose bud in my garden and it opened this week just in time for Christmas.Here it is on Christmas eve and I hope all my friends and followers from (Talk From The Timber) have a very merry Christmas :)

Sunday 18 December 2011

Alone in the Wilderness

This really has to be one of my hero's, this guy is a legend .He lived alone in Alaska for many years taking only what he needed and wasting nothing. I have read two books that started as his diaries.These are well worth reading, One Man's Wilderness An Alaskan Odyssey and More Readings From One Man's Wilderness. Take a look this guy is inspirational:) I just found out how to add video's clever stuff:)

Ben's Mill: An Excerpt

Here's a fantastic bit of film that show's an old water powered Wood Mill in vermont .Where Ben made his living,working metal and wood making a multitude of items. There are some amazing machines in his workshop, which is now a museum, well worth taking a look at :)

Friday 16 December 2011

Opened up

I cut in and the noise from the saw told me the timber was sound, when the slab fell away. I was well chuffed, with the nice hard dark coloured heartwood, with all the holes in them.
I had thought the Ash logs might be a tad rotten, there was a little bit of rot,

but these perished parts just add to the character of this windfall Ash:)

Sunday 11 December 2011


On thursday we had a storm, which brought down trees and damaged property. I passed a fallen ash tree that had blown over a road, later when I passed again it was sawn up and made safe .I had a look and saw a couple of 3' long chunks so I stopped and picked up two 10" chunks with creamy coloured sapwood and a green-brown heartwood nice! These will be sawn up ito slabs for stools and chairs . This wood would be left to rot a the side of the road or maybe firewood at best:)

Monday 5 December 2011


Its back! not as much as this time last year, but maybe a little taster of another white christmas . For the third year in a row:)

Friday 2 December 2011

Three From Trees

I dabbled with a few stools over this past week, two have oak seats with hazel legs . The other is the spalted beech stool with rowan legs that was shown in a recent post . You can see how the oil can bring the the wood to life, this really shows off all the beautiful variations in the timber. Here they are with the natural look that I love :)