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Using an adze

by WoodlandsTV ~ 2 December, 2010 ~ 7 comments

http://www.woodlands.co.uk/ Kim Williams is using an adze. She is dubbing or adzing some timber planks using an adze, for a reconstruction Anglo Saxon building. Kim is part of the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership ESAMP . Using the adze Kim shaves slivers of wood from the planks. This ensures there are no traces of 21st century tools on what will eventually be part of a recreated Anglo Saxon building. This demonstration took place at the Weald WoodFair 2010, which is an annual event set at the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum. WoodlandsTV have made three visits there, and Woodlands.co.uk always have an exhibition stand.

Stone Age bows and woodland archaeology

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 November, 2010 ~ 12 comments

Remains of bows found from the Stone Age suggest our ancestors were taller and stronger than we think - with Allan Course.

Flint Knapping -how to be a flint knapper

by WoodlandsTV ~ 13 November, 2010 ~ 31 comments

http://www.woodlands.co.uk Flint Knapping. How to be a flint knapper. What is flint knapping. Allan Course demonstrates how a neolithic arrowhead was made. This is the art of flint knapping and the tools he uses come from the antlers of a red deer. The piece of flint is hit by direct percussion - in other words Allan hits the antler bone on top of the flint to get a flake of flint from the side to produce the arrowhead. Flint knapping takes a lot of practice but once you are skilled at it you can get repeatable good results.
The flake of flint is then shaped to produce in this case a leaf shaped arrowhead. This style of arrowhead was in use in Britain between 4000BC to 1500 BC.
The tools for this part are also very simple - a piece of leather to protect the hand, and another small piece of antler bone. By putting the piece of antler on the edge of the flint and pushing down tiny pieces of flint are chippped off. The tip of the arrowhead has to be very sharp to penetrate flesh effectively. Having worked on the tip , the sides are then trimmed to be sharp and reasonably straight.

The process takes about 3 minutes and tells us something about our ancestors in prehistory. We can be pretty sure they had specialist flint knappers, so an expert could turn out about 20 arrowheads in an hour . Although the process was quick it required a high degree of skill to be so productive which is why they specialised. The rest of the arrow is the other way around. It doesn't take much skill to take a piece of hazel wood, take the bark off, smooth it and add feathers to it, but it does take a lot of time. So archaeologists will look at these crafts in two ways. The flint arrowhead is high skill, low labour, whereas the reat of the arrow is relatively low skill, and high labour. In Britain in say 3000BC there would have been no need for everybody to become an expert flint knapper because the amount of time they would have to spend on it to become good, compared to the time that they actually needed to use that skill just doesn't make it an efficient process. So we're certain flint knappers were specialists. We're also pretty sure that one flint knapper on a part time basis, because he had his own farm and livestock to look after, could have serviced a community of two hundred people. so flint knappers were specialists.
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Seasoning, cutting & transporting firewood

by WoodlandsTV ~ 29 October, 2010 ~ 6 comments

Top tips from woodland owner Mike Pepler to save time, effort, and money preparing logs and firewood.
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Storing and Curing Wood – Seasoning Timber

by WoodlandsTV ~ 29 August, 2010 ~ 19 comments

How to season wood. Storing and curing wood - seasoning timber. Cabinet maker Jeff Segal shows how he'll store and cure the freshly milled plane tree, using bearers or stickers to separate the wood and allow the air to circulate.
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Hidden Danger – Sawblade Damage

by WoodlandsTV ~ 15 August, 2010 ~ 2 comments

Older trees in London can have hidden dangers . Little bits of history which could damage equipment , or worse injure people nearby.
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Using A Long Handled Saw for high pruning

by WoodlandsTV ~ 31 July, 2008 ~ 15 comments

Angus Hanton shows us how to use a Long Handed Saw in this handy tutorial.

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Using A Fire Steel to light a campfire

by WoodlandsTV ~ 23 July, 2008 ~ 6 comments

Angus Hanton shows us how to light a fire without using matches. Includes a section on where to find King Alfred's Cake.

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How to make Wood Shingles using hand tools

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 July, 2008 ~ 87 comments

http://woodlands.co.uk Make wood shingles. Use traditional hand tools to make oak shingles. The craft of making roof shingles.

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Making Hazel Spars For Thatching

by WoodlandsTV ~ 22 July, 2008 ~ 2 comments

Dave Lister takes explain how spars are made and gives addtional infomation on the various by products.

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