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Hands On Day 2013…. the list so far

June 23, 2013

steve-holmwood-getting-a-bite-in-the-top-with-a-froeHands On Day is the weekend  6/7th July
Just to give you an better idea of what is on the cards so far:

Please bear in mind that ALL WOODY FOLK ARE INVITED, whether to have a look, have a go, or share a skill or technique. (So long as I have ideas of numbers for catering, that’s fine.)

I’m particularly pleased that many people from other groups will not only be attending but sharing their knowledge on the day; the more the merrier! >>>>>>MORE

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Surprises and Prizes…. Surrey County Show 2013

June 16, 2013

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2nd in section, and some Sun at last… Surrey County Show 2013……… MORE>>>>>>>

THIS WEEK…… Surrey County Show

May 25, 2013

Coppice Group will be in attendance at The Surrey County Show 2013 on Monday the 27th at Stoke Park Guildford. Come and view this years new arrivals and familiar favorites, in the best slot as usual, the woodland area
http://www.surreycountyshow.co.uk/

Enter Show Season 2013

May 19, 2013

Hobbledown Mystery Adventure Farm Park……

Starting this years show season was a opotunity for members to bring their expertise and craft to the Hobbledown Farm Park in Epsom, Surrey.
The gathered crafts men and women put on their best show, as ever, and wooed the passing MayDay Holiday crowds with their own special woodland adventure.
Over commited with work myself to have time to be there for the two days, I rushed along on the Sunday to snap up the action so to share the view….. more>>>>>>
Roger Day

‘Hands-On-Day’ 2012

July 3, 2012

It’s full steam ahead for this year’s Hands-On-Day, Saturday 7th July in Fernhurst.  As always, please contact John Sinclair if you are hoping to attend (Jadeswood@tiscali.co.uk ).  You don’t have to be a Member to enjoy the activities, we just need numbers for catering.  Lunch is on us, locally sourced Burgers and Sausages, with Tea/ Coffee/squash provided.  There is an evening meal by way of Venison, at £5 per head.  The increasingly popular vegetarian options will also be available.  Locally sourced Real Ale and Cider will be on tap for a suggested donation of £1 a pint.  Bring your own plates/cutlery/mugs etc.

There will be demonstrations in the following Skills and Crafts:

  • Splitting out Hazel Weavers for Basketry and Besoms
  • Tilley Lamp Clinic – please bring any you have that need to see the doctor!
  • Rope Splicing
  • Steam Bending
  • Pole Lathing
  • Blacksmith’s Forge
  • Tool Sharpening & Handling Clinic – please bring your items of interest
  • Hazel Whirlygigs – kids toys – nice little extra product line
  • Spoon Carving – a couple of ways
  • Knot Tying – for numerous purposes
  • Ways of Making Fire
  • Thatching Spars – a couple of ways
  • Hand Carving
  • Chestnut Palings
  • Tine Cutting – various types/shapes
  • Shrink Pots
  • Speed Weaving
  • Leather Stitching

WOW ! ! !

The usual Tools Auction is running again this year, so please bring anything you wish to auction off.  Making its debut last year, ‘Deer Skittles’ is returning, with the promise of other traditional Games also making an appearance – have a Cider and join in the fun!!

We look forward to seeing you all there…………….

The Windsors and The Woodsmen

June 29, 2012

As Monday 4th  June  dawned with leaden skies, heavy rain and the collective mud from several days of precipitation underfoot, one could have been mistaken for thinking that the much anticipated first event of the season, ‘The Surrey County Show’, with it’s whispered about Royal visit was going to be a washout.

But the spirit of the woodsman prevailed, and as one by one each exhibitor arrived  and pitched their stalls in the increasing wind and constant rain. Those present were Roger Day with his amazing pole lathe, Leo with his pole lathe, Darren making his stick chairs and tables, Ian Baldwin with his Octo-kiln, James from Surrey Hills Woodfuels, Meike making her woody stick pencils, Ben with a lethal looking adze and beautiful chairs, Connor and Dawn Fielding with the Lower Mole Project, Carl and Cat Armstrong with wooden hearts and willow products, John Sinclair with his Tent Pegs and lots of banter and a lovely new coat, Graham Copland-Cale with his Birch and Hazel and animals and Nick Owen re-handling tools. It seemed all would be fine. ………that is all apart from the hole!

That is the 2ft x 2ft hole in the middle of our small area, in just the right place for many a twisted ankle and perhaps a fallen dignitary or two.

As happens in these cases the was much rubbing of chins and scratching of heads before the final solution was found. To the rescue came the talented Roger Day who installed the very beautiful ‘Spirit of Spring’ on a makeshift plinth ( a box unearthed from John Sinclair’s Landy) covered in hessian .

As the morning progressed the rain stopped, and the cloud broke, by 9am the public were milling around and already showing an interest. As usual the kettle was on at base camp and the frying pan seemed to be in constant use

As the  morning continued, with group members stands laden with goods, and demonstrations taking place there were many quotes from the public of  “oh my Grandfather used to do that” and admiration for the skills on show.

At around 11.45am with an influx of photographers and high viz  jackets the Royal Visit was upon us.  First came the Countess of Wessex managing to walk in heels on the soggy ground, who spent quite a while looking around

and chatting. She was then joined by the Earl who was shown around by John Sinclair. Although only expected to spend a short time with the group, they were interested enough to spend more time and talk to most of the group.

All in all a good day was had by everyone. Lots of people actually trying to understand what the group was all about. and great PR for the coppice industry as whole.

Coppice Week 2012, Godington House

June 9, 2012

This year’s ‘Coppice Week’ will be held at Godinton House, near Ashford in Kent  www.godinton-house-gardens.co.uk  and runs from Sunday 10th June until Saturday 16th Jun 2012.

This years courses include Besom Brooms, Hay Rakes, Tree Bark Weaving and Eastern European Fan Birds to name but a few….  for full course details please click

As always, booking is essential!  Please contact David Rosney on 07870 162504