Green woodworking articles

Sep
4
2018
Frank White

Farm Hack is coming to Wales! Join in 6-7 October at the CSA Gathering

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You’re invited to participate in skill shares and farm hacks from 6-7 October 2018 at Tyddyn Teg Co-operative near Caernarfon. A joint event between Farm Hack and the Community Supported Agriculture network in Wales, Frank White tells us more. Read more …

Jan
11
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to identify trees in winter

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It’s one thing to identify deciduous trees in summer, with their distinctive leaves on full show, but what about winter? Without leaves, we have to look at other telltale signs. After a bit of practice, it can be easier than you think. Have a go, using these helpful methods, which will make it easier to identify trees in leaf too.
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Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Oct
8
2017
Jeffrey Hart

A natural building bookshelf with Jeffrey the Natural Builder

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In this post, Jeffrey the Natural Builder shares his top reading recommendations based on an original natural building books post on his blog. It’s over to him from here. Read more …

Aug
29
2017
Robin Wood

An introduction to tool sharpening with Robin Wood

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“A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.” So said the American writer and diplomat Washington Irving. In this post, we explore the importance of tool sharpening in woodworking with artisan Robin Wood MBE. Read more …

Oct
6
2016
Dave Darby

The power of doing things ourselves using recycled materials: the Permaculture Book of DIY

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This is a radical new book – not because the ideas within it are going to change the world, but because it contains funky little DIY projects that could make a lot of people think ‘hey, I’ve always wanted one of those, but was put off by the cost – but actually, I could do it myself’. Read more …

Aug
27
2016
Tyler Linden

Why do Americans have a different attitude to Brits when it comes to using trees as a renewable resource?

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We’ve noticed from comments on our blogs and on social media that environmentally-conscious Americans have a slightly different attitude to using trees as a renewable resource – whether for firewood or for timber – than that prevalent in the UK. Read more …

Jul
14
2016
Owen Jones

Beautiful, meditative video on the art of oak swill basket weaving

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We were approached by a young film maker who has produced a video of Owen Jones at work – no interview, no music, just an almost hypnotic and definitely meditative study of Owen using traditional tools and natural materials to make beautiful things. Read more …

Jun
16
2016
Andy Reynolds

Why self-reliance means being able to fix bits of old kit – like this circular saw

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Working outside and sometimes in remote situations requires a certain mindset to not only enjoy the experience, but also have an overall philosophy of self-reliance. Read more …

May
25
2016
Richard Law

Green woodworking inspiration: mural door

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This is a copy of the door to a wall cupboard, or mural cupboard (just the same word but from a Latin stem – posh). I wrote briefly about this local cupboard now in Cliffe Castle Museum hereRead more …

Nov
24
2015
Robin Wood

How to make a new axe handle

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First, wood selection. The perfect wood is nice straight grain ash fairly fast grown, if it gets more than 6-8 rings per inch it is much more brittle, 4-6 rings per inch is perfect. Read more …

Nov
21
2015
Robin Wood

How to fit a new axe handle

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This blog post shows how to fit a new axe handle, it could be a new store bought handle or one you made yourself – more on this soon. Read more …

Jun
24
2015
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 1: introduction – how possible is it to live in a sustainable, non-corporate way in a city?

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I lived at Redfield Community for 13 years – it’s where Lowimpact.org was born – but now I live in London, and so I’m assessing my options for living as low-impact a life as I can. Read more …

May
10
2015
Alex Pole

Visit to the Gransfors Burks forge in Sweden – makers of the world’s best axes

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Standing outside Huddiksval train station, it’s pouring with rain and I am beginning to wonder what the hell I am doing here. Having been travelling for 12 hours I’m tired and hungry, there is no one here to collect me, a taxi is more expensive than my flight from the UK and not a bus in sight ……. Read more …

Apr
26
2013
Dave Darby

Craft skills are too important to lose

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How many people do you know these days whose work involves traditional craft skills? For every craftsperson in the UK, there must be a couple of thousand working in telesales. Read more …

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