Friday, 23 September 2011

Event pictures

There have been lots to sort through to go with the previous post of the recent work I've been doing, so I've added just a few so as not to bore.

Bushcraft walking events. These pictures came from the Shipley Country Park walk. The general idea of the day carried on with the other walks recently.

Hope you enjoy.

These next pictures were from the Elvaston Castle Woodland Festival I worked at where there were many demonstrators covering just about every traditional woodland craft and many others too. Great bunch of folks and a great weekend was had. We had an area to ourselves promoting the countryside service and some of the Bushcraft and Green woodworking skills we like to teach during other events.

Smoky old morning once our area was lit up. We had a a few cooking demonstrations too with a range over a fire, stoves and a brick built oven.

The shelters. All built by ourselves to traditional designs in Mike Abbots book "Living Wood" My shelter is on the end and came in handy during the short heavy showers.

Spoons, kuksas and bark work were the demonstations of the day from myself. As well as the cooking, we had children's activities too which was a busy old place.

Teaching the next generation of pole lathe turners. The chap on the right is Morris, a volunteer who brings a lot to the event and our little meetings when working on projects.

Heres a link to pictures of most of the demonstrators at the event that a fine chap called Steve took during his visit.

Looking forward to next years shows and events already. Just finished a batch of Rosehip Syrup for a wild food walk on Sun for folks to dip there bannock in. Even the Daughter liked this experiment so I don't expect it to last long!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Working at Chatsworth Country Fair 2011

I was at Chatsworth promoting the upcoming woodland festival at Elvaston Castle and the work that the Countryside service at DCC do. There was general info kids activities with willow star making and a few of us wood turning and wood carving. The shelters worked really well and we let folks have a go on the lathe which proved popular with all types of people.

My little somerset shelter was just right for my spoon and kuksa carving demo with a few simple tools and sharpening gear which folks also seemed to like to talk about.

Hard work but good fun, the red bull aeroplane display, red arrows and skydivers were all in the sky above too. One of the best parts were all the hot air ballons taking off around 08 :00 in the morning. Shame I didnt get any shots of those. One nearly landed on my landy!