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Amazing Ant Antics: Wood ants

by WoodlandsTV ~ 20 July, 2018 ~ comments welcome

Come and take a closer look into the amazing world of Wood ants. Helen Read from Burnham Beeches shows us how a rotting tree stump can become a home for thousands and how the ants can spray acid at possible predators.

With numbers decreasing around the UK, Burnham Beeches are working to encourage people to stop and look at the ants differently, as they are a vital and fascinating part of our ecosystem.

With thanks to Helen Read and Burnham Beeches

A film by Tom Hartwell
www.tom-hartwell.com

How to Carve a Wooden Spoon

by WoodlandsTV ~ 9 July, 2018 ~ 17 comments

Here we see green woodworking expert Justin Sanford demonstrate traditional spoon carving. Justin shares his obvious skill and enthusiasm for this work as he tells us about the specific tools and techniques he adopts to produce these beautiful, useful items. From selecting the `found` wood for its particular properties, to setting the tradition in a social and historical context, Justin`s respect for the wood and for his craft is clear. https://en-gb.facebook.com/justin.sanford.9469 http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Essential Woodland Tool Kit

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 June, 2018 ~ 6 comments

Here we see experienced woodland manager and craftsperson Richard Hare talk us through the key items for woodland working - from simple secateurs through to billhooks and froes, Rich shows us the best tools for different woodland tasks. He also demonstrates specific cuts with certain axes and knives, all with efficiency, enjoyment and safety in mind - to really get the most out of your woodland. http://keeperscoppicing.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Working with Sweet Chestnut

by WoodlandsTV ~ 13 June, 2018 ~ 2 comments

Tim Roskell demonstrates his green woodworking skills here at The Royal Bath & West Show. He shows us how to use various tools - such as the froe, side axe and draw knife - as he splits and cleans a length of coppiced sweet chestnut. Tim explains how this is one of the most durable of woods with its high tannin levels and low sapwood/high heartwood content - and reveals the potential benefits of a woodworking lifestyle.
http://www.thecreativechestnutcompany.co.uk/
http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

The Foragers: How to make medieval ink from Oak Galls

by WoodlandsTV ~ 16 May, 2018 ~ 4 comments

Here the foragers show you how to make medieval ink using foraged Oak Galls. This simple recipe uses only Oak Galls, Iron Sulphate and water, so everyone to become a medieval writer.

A film by The Foragers
https://the-foragers.com/

New Woodland Owners

by WoodlandsTV ~ 8 May, 2018 ~ 9 comments

We hear two very different stories behind people`s personal decisions to become woodland owners: for Peter, being in the fortunate position to be able to buy a wood has enabled him to achieve a lifelong ambition. He is embracing this opportunity to follow his passion for plants and traditional crafts. Keen to encourage youth groups to share in the positive experience of being outdoors, he has worked with the natural landscape to create a sustainable, dynamic environment to enjoy. For Shirley, her newly acquired woodland is "a sanctuary", a contemplative place to be - a support in her time of bereavement - and a safe, quiet space in nature for her extended family. For more information on all our Woods for Sale across the UK please see http://www.woodlands.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Windsor Chair Making

by WoodlandsTV ~ 30 April, 2018 ~ 9 comments

Matt Belfrage shares his obvious skill and enthusiasm for designing and crafting various bespoke Windsor comb back chairs from a range of sustainable timber sources - storm-felled or dying trees. Matt outlines the key tools and techniques he adopts, describing the properties of specific timbers - elm, walnut, sycamore - and talks us through the different processes involved that shape the wood from the initial board through to the finished product - beautiful and functional furniture. All offcuts are also crafted into unique items eg boxes made from burrs. Matt`s respect for the wood and passion for his craft is clear. http://www.mattbelfrage.co.uk/?doing_wp_cron=1499349698.2759079933166503906250
http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Preparing Firewood

by WoodlandsTV ~ 23 April, 2018 ~ 10 comments

Richard Hare, experienced woodland manager and craftsman, shares his top tips for preparing firewood: sawing the logs in a Buckingham woodstation and ensuring the stack is properly ventilated; how to safely use the splitting maul and efficiently cut kindling. Rich also shows us the benefits of a rocket stove - that all-important outdoor kettle. http://keeperscoppicing.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

How to Thatch a Roof

by WoodlandsTV ~ 12 April, 2018 ~ 4 comments

Dickie Wright, from RJ Wright and Son, Master Family Thatchers, explains the key elements to thatching a roof, as he demonstrates his skills at the Royal Bath & West Show. Dickie tells us how this work has been a family tradition for over 8 generations and he shares his delight and pride that there are currently 3 generations working this way. We hear about the processes involved, the minimal equipment needed and the benefits of using combed wheat reed as we see the obvious expertise and passion Dickie has for thatching. http://www.rjwrightthatchers.co.uk/ http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show
An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

An Introduction to Forest School

by WoodlandsTV ~ 12 April, 2018 ~ 2 comments

Here at the Tortworth Arboretum, Jemma Robinson - from Robinson`s Discovery Tree - speaks passionately about the premise of Forest School - to provide children and young people with the opportunity for experiential learning and play within the natural environment. Jemma is keen to encourage access, exploration and enjoyment of woodlands - allowing children the chance to connect with nature and to develop skills such as safe tool use, as well as detailed knowledge of their natural surroundings. The Forest School approach is to offer frequent, regular sessions over time, to layer the learning, so that the children feel challenged, creative and confident, as well as nurturing a life-long love of the natural world. http://www.robinsonsdiscoverytree.co.uk/. http://tortwortharboretum.org . An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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