Making a rose arch from hazel rods

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http://www.woodlands.co.uk/ How to make a rose arch from hazel. Rose arches made from hazel are always an attractive addition to any garden. Rosie Rendell discovered how to make one by going on a course at West Dean College, Chichester. WoodlandsTV talked to her whilst she was making one at the Weald Wood Fair in Sussex. Using a side adze to split the hazel ,and a mould with pre drilled holes Rosie discusses the points to look out for including a top tip to make your rose arch last longer. She is gaining more experience and skill working with Wildwood Charcoal and Coppice Products.

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What a clever lady.

jane sanford

November 26, 2019

Probably 3 years too late but anyway, the tool she is using is a type of adze. I think she calls it a side adze but I've also seen it be called a Sussex or cleaving adze. Its unique to Sussex I believe and would have been made by local blacksmiths. Splitting the hazel can be done with a billhook in the same way. Depending on where your from you could get one custom made. I don't know of anyone who still makes them. Hope this helps you or someone else.

Ryan Warren

December 18, 2019

It would last longer than you think, as she said in the video keep it off the ground. I don't suppose they are a huge expense either. But products like this should be more encouraged as coppicing and woodland management are great for biodiversity and it supports traditional crafts.

Ryan Warren

December 18, 2019