We are excited to be debuting our very first Wood Festival as part of this event, and will be creating a large marquee and outside space of coppice and wood craft working demonstrations.
Featuring, among others:
Kings Lynn Woodturners
From wood turned bowls, fruit, clocks and fancy chair legs there is a great display of craftsmanship and techniques.
Coopering means to do the work of a cooper. A cooper makes or repairs casks and barrels, which is a skill that takes many years to learn. An apprenticeship would last four to five years, although you would have a hard job becoming a cooper’s apprentice these days
Our cooper, Wocko, will be showing how traditional wood-crafting is used. No nails, screws or glue: it’s all completely traditional and wonderful to watch and learn about.
Traditional English willow basket maker Malcom Ruffell will be demonstrating this old English craft. Come and see how it’s done.
Master craftsmen creating stunning pieces of art using only a variety of chainsaws and an old log! Watch them produce stunning showpiece carvings for the Sandringham Cup over the course of the weekend, as well as enjoying the fast action speed carves twice a day.
A bodger is a skilled craftsman, who traditionally made chair legs and braces. The legs were turned on an early pole and string treadle powered lathe, the string is wound around the work piece which rotates backwards and forwards, allowing the bodger to cut or turn in one direction only. Their equipment was easy to set up and move around as they travelled from place to place. Nowadays, bodgers produce a wide range of items.
Fiona Birch will be demonstrating hat weaving from Rushes and Willow Bark, Rush Rope making and Braiding available for the public to have a go. Traditional Clothes Pegs and Wooden Flowers, spoon carving including Welsh Love Spoons. Corn Dollies and Straw Plaiting.
Nene Coppicing & Crafts is a voluntary community group dedicated to promoting heritage woodland management skills, conservation and traditional crafts. Learn traditional skills associated with our ancient woodlands.
Vintage and Steam Demonstrations
An interesting demonstration of how planking and other wood working used to
be done using steam and vintage machinery from down the years. We will also have an extensive collection of vintage tools on display
Alaskan Wood Mill
An Alaskan mill or chainsaw mill is a type of sawmill that is used by one or two operators to mill logs into lumber for use in furniture, construction and other uses.
The mill attachment consists of a pair of rails which are attached to bar of the chainsaw. The rails ride on a plank and then a previously cut surface and guide the chainsaw blade through the log at a consistent depth so that planks of a predetermined thickness are cut. The distance between the rails and the bar determines this thickness and it can be adjusted by moving the rails along a post at each end of the mill attachment. During use it is important that the rails extend out past the ends of the log so the cut has support the entire time.
Small mills use a single chainsaw and can be handled by a single operator. Larger mills use two chainsaw power heads, one on either side of the attachment and these require two operators. This larger style of mill requires a special bar which allows the two chainsaw heads to be attached at either end. The width of the plank that can be cut is determined by the length of the bar, up to 34 inches (86 cm) so for logs having a large diameter, the longer bar is necessary. Also a special chain is designed to make rip cuts rather than the usual chainsaw chain which is for cross-cutting.
Besom brooms are normally made from birch twigs and the handles from hazel rods.
They are favoured by some gardeners for specific jobs, sweeping leafs of patios, moss from timber decking or as the broom head wears down and becomes more stiff it can be used for clearing moss or worm casts from lawns or dog hair from rugs. Adam King will be demonstrating how the traditional besom broom is made from scratch.