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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Another day at the forge.

We managed to get the rest of the guys their chance at the forge last weekend. They'd all been looking forward to this for a while and this time it was decided to make Viking knives.



The weather was so good this time that we brought the anvils and forges outside



Didn't take long for everyone to get there forging heads on and start to focus on the steel.



There was great craic as everyone worked diligently and encouraged the friendly rivalry that was going on



Didn't take long for the knives to take shape



And after a couple of hours there were some great finished pieces on show





Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hummingbird hawk moth

Thought I saw a hummingbird fly past me the other day it was an incredible sight, though on closer examination it turned out to be some hummingbird hawk moths.



Very exciting to see and a wonderful wild surprise.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Willow bark baskets

As you've seen from a previous post I stripped some willow to use the bark and the wood.
The bark was too nice to take down into cordage so I thought I'd make a couple of small berry collecting baskets from it.


So bark was stripped all in one piece


An elipse scored in the bark to allow it to bend


Started making cordage from lime bark to tie it all together


But realised I didn't have enough so had to resort to shop bought jute instead


All tied together


And ready for berry picking season.