Long bows made from yew were used during the Hundred Years War. Neil Eddiford from Wolfshead Bowman describes the properties that made yew suitable for the long bow, and how often English yew wasn’t used at all. Other woods used for bows were ash and wych elm. He also looks at the arrows with fletchlings of goose feather, a bodkin point or a needle bodkin. These are serious weapons for medieval warfare, and Neil describes the range and penetration power these arrows could have. Wolfshead Bowmen are a re-enactment group and Woodlands TV met up with them at the Weald Wood Fair at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum.
Wood makes a great fuel for heating your house as it’s sustainable. Professor Julian Evans shows us his log pile and talks about the species of wood which burn well.
This is a way of cutting planks in your woodland using a chasinsaw with a small bit of extra kit. The small log mill work for chainsaws with bars of 20″ or less. It clamps direct to the bar with no drilling and enables you to saw planks straight off the log.
Huw Edwards shows us how to get the best out of your walking stick.