Here we see how to make traditional handmade wooden laths from Sweet Chestnut – used in lime plastering construction and heritage restoration work. Experts Justin Owen and his sons Jack and Curtis, and friend and colleague Bobby, carry out this skilled craft on the mixed woodland they coppice. Care is taken from the initial selection and cutting of the managed wood through to the stacking and storing of the bundles. The skilful splitting of the wood follows the grain to ensure the durability of each lath and the uneven surface of the laths offers additional grab for the lime plaster. To contact J.Owen Services – email firstname.lastname@example.org. An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv
Richard Hare and Mike Pepler are using a Turbo saw mill to create an oak gatepost for use in a woodland. Although this cutting is being done indoors it could be done in a woodland where the oak tree was felled
Having cut the shoulders of the tenon with a crosscut saw, Matthew Melton now cuts down the grain to create the “cheeks”. This involves using a ripsaw or as he explains a small circular saw will also do the job if you know what you are doing. Following this in the next video he finshes of the oak tenon with a chisel and plane to get a good fit with the mortice
The first stage of cutting a tenon on a large piece of oak to make a mortice and tenon joint. Working deep in the woodlands Matthew Melton demonstrates how to cut the “shoulders” of a tenon using a crosscut saw to cut across the grain precisely. In the next video he uses a circular saw to rip cut down the grain
Mike Pepler demonstrates how to move firewood using a trailer bike. His bicycle has some battery power which helps with hills and he can carry 50kg of logs from his woodland using this trailer and bike.
www.woodlands.co.uk The Logosol M7 a portable chainsaw mill. Chainsaw milling in woodland and forests. Kester Westcott describes the process of creating planks from Western Red Cedar
If you’ve got lots of timber to split this is the machinery you need. It’s a complete contrast to the low tech version where you just need to split a few logs by hand (see Mike Pepler in one of our other films “Making Kindling from Logs Using a Frow” ) Made by Posch, this piece of kit will rattle through a tree trunk in less than a minute, with the split logs coming out at the other end. Demonstrated by a student from Plumpton College and described by tutor Tony Marshall. Tony also briefly describes some of the courses and options available for those studying forestry at Plumpton.
Expert flint knapper Allan Course makes a flint arrowhead and discusses the archaeological background to flint knapping. www.woodlands.co.uk
Older trees in London can have hidden dangers . Little bits of history which could damage equipment , or worse injure people nearby. woodlands.co.uk
Jeff explains why the log is milled in a particular way to produce the wood he requires. woodlands.co.uk