Sunday, 27 November 2011

Campfire cooking

Shared a great few days recently camping out with some friends, practising some skills, keeping warm and eating well.

Cant wait till the next camping trip.

Friday, 18 November 2011


Just finished off one of these, just waiting for the adze to arrive and I can get making some nice bowls and kuksa a bit easier than normal. Its all Birch except for two of the Ash legs. I felled the tree and cut out the parts with a chainsaw, drilled with an old auger, and cleft and shaped the legs on a shave horse.

Plans are available from Robin Woods website

Monday, 14 November 2011

Bark Containers

I managed to harvest some birch bark a few months ago and had a go at some others types of container.

The two containers left and right of the group are the newest ones, using the self locking method on the left and a willow bark stitched example on the right. Both have an inner section of bark glued in to increase the thickness.

I'm quite pleased with them. Most folks like the matchbox best though which is fine by me as its easier to collect the bark pieces for those and there fun to make.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A quick spoon for my Mum.

Just finished a eating spoon for my Mum. Its mainly for porridge and the like so its curved, thin, simple and
slightly favours the right handed.
Made from a curved basal section of birch, saved after felling for a thinning job in a woodland I've been completing.

It'll add to the Christmas presents and I hope to make a few more for folks that I know will use them , as I'm quite pleased with my speed on this one.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Cobbling Boots

The soles on my trusty old Lowa military boots had finally had it but the rest of the boot was perfectly fine.
I whipped off the old soles with the help of a knife thinking it would be easy to find a chap to re-sole them. Boy was I mistaken, try finding a cobbler that will fix the most basic and worn out item on footware, also try finding soles that you can attach yourself!

After much searching I found a chap on ebay selling all the parts needed for sorting my boot problem, although the glue was not all that it promised to be.

Then I thought nail the fellows on, but how to do this? Luckily I remembered seeing a device in a retired Victorian working  museum as part of a shoe makers shop. I managed to borrow the tool today and promptly tacked on the soles. Just need some tidying up of the last section in the middle with some leather, and a final trim of the edges and they should be good to go for a few more years.