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Making a rose arch from hazel rods ~ by WoodlandsTV

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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.

Posted in: Uncategorised ~ On: 4 February, 2011

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23 comments so far

October 11, 2016

try a better material , there are some metal rose arches well over a hundred years old that are still doing good service

edward charles
January 24, 2017

barkershill yes and there are other metal 100 year old objects that have rusted away. It's about how you look after things.

Dan Ess
December 22, 2017

edward charles

Good point. There are quite a few wooden stave churches in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc that are hundreds of years old. (Centuries, plural!) From around 1200 AD.
They are set up off the ground on stone footings.

It looks like they used a Japanese wood treatment technique called shou sugi ban. The wood is scorched, which then resists rotting, pests, UV light, etc. (But I think the churches were sealed with pitch? I’m not sure on the details – I just found out about this recently).
And you can use these construction methods without needing access to a forge, with (free) materials found right on your own property.

Beverly Fowler
January 23, 2018

No picture of finish project. How disappointing.

The Bendu
February 20, 2018

Love at first sight.

Lyla Christopherson
March 7, 2018

HAWT is a very accurate description.

Rodney Smart
March 29, 2018

Nice hair she's pretty as a picture.

Michael Bennett
November 17, 2018

not if the wood is cut in the winter and treated. Hazel hurdles can last 15 to 20 years if looked after properly. The longevity of the product depends on how the customer cares for it.

Tales from the Spamyard
February 22, 2019

You could fire harden the wood once the arch is built, should give it a few extra years. Its a japanese technique called shou sugi ban, some wooden japanese temples are over 1000 years old and were built using this technique.

Ryan Alexander
November 6, 2019

Alright mate, fancy seeing you here.

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