Our wooden log (page 2)

We’ve been playing with our new laser a while now, but it’s hard to get it running without the odd hiccup and as images take a long while we usually get a programme crash or the laser not stepping the correct amount.

But here is our first success. It took just over 4 hours!

New Forest English Oak Otter engraved Cheese Board


15″ x 10″

The English Oak; three hundred years to grow, three hundred years to live, three hundred years to die

We will be doing many more images, but at 4 hours each time, it will take a while! But when we do, we will store each image on a board on Pintrest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/DownToTheWood/board-stiff

Swedish Door Harps

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After a gap of eight years, we finally have a range of door harps back in stock.

A Scandinavian musical instrument hung on the inside of your front door to welcome guests into your home with a beautiful soothing sounds as the door opens and closes

5 string

…or you can hang one on the fridge door, as a tuneful alarm to stop night raiders,

4 string
3 string

Traditionally a Swedish folk item, these door harps are made from beautiful hardwoods in the foothills of the Gold country in northern California, USA.

The Thoughtful Hazel greetings card

I am the tree of knowledge, where the dormice choose to sleep. My magical protection makes the best wands and water diviners. My wood can be bent and knotted for neighbourly fences or dried for strong walking sticks – though leave your stick in fertile ground and find a tree when you return.
Perhaps most importantly, stir your breakfast jam with a stick of hazel and it’ll never be stolen by fairies.  What I mark, I keep safe.

Designed and written by ourselves

One of a set of 12 tree-specific cards. Unique and only available from us.
On FSC approved card for £1.99

Another unique card, written by ourselves; hardly a greetings card, but a card with a message from all trees.

When you were young I kept you shaded, kept you fed.
As you learned, my gifts were your tools of progress.
For shelter and warmth, you’ve always looked to me.
We even crossed the oceans together, you and I.
Now I feel you have moved on, and do not look at me or love me still,
but remember, mine forever is the air you breathe.


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The Merry Hawthorn greetings card

I am the May Tree; my sweet, white blossoms herald the end of winter. People go gathering knots of my branches in May, to crown the season’s queen. I have no grand airs, no impressive visage, and yet I keep a secret grace: find me in any hedgerow, but beware – my thorns make barriers enough to protect many merry songbirds from interruption as they sing to herald the waking of the spring.

Designed and written by ourselves

One of a set of 12 tree-specific cards. Unique and only available from us.
On FSC approved card for £1.99

Did you know we sell wooden greetings cards? Well we’ve just added a new range and these are only £2.50 (cheaper than most Birthday cards)

What’s more, they can be bought online from the card-shop on our website as well as from our shop

There are 10 designs in this range
Colourful wooden mini Cards

Other ranges include:
Forest Veneer greetings cards
Solid Wooden postcards
Wooden Birthday cards
Alice in Wonderland veneer cards

Growing spoons

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My spoon collection is growing..

Each spoon is pyrographed with it’s name after..
being polished with wax after..
being sanded with 5 grades of sandpaper after..
being carved using a couple of whittling knives after..
being shaped with a draw-knife on a shave horse after..
the outline being formed using a saw and sawn-off bill-hook, after..
a slice being split from a log using a froe, after
the log being cut from our coppicing work over at http://www.pondheadconservation.org.uk/

The rules are that I only use timber cut in the course of coppicing, or from trees that are diseased and dying. And only from Pondhead enclosure.

Sorry, they are not for sale, but are a wonderful example of the variety and diversity present in even a small piece of woodland.

You can come and see them at the volunteer fair this sunday in the Lyndhurst community centre. https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/event/new-forest-national-park-volunteer-fair-2019 where the pondhead Trust will have a stand

p.s. they will be starting spoon courses over in the forest this year for volunteers.

The Malevolent Elm greetings card

I likes to be left alone. The axe I hate and not easy split am I. If kings and realms need defense, a longbow I will spare you ; though more reluctantly than that old lapdog Yew. On the hearth, I burns like churchyard mould – even my very flames are cold. I doesn’t mind the wet so’s they use me for ships’ keels and the gates of locks. But most likely, you will know me longest when your eyes are closed – it’s me that’s first choice for a coffin. Sometimes I’ll fill the coffin meself; that’s why they’s call me “the widow maker”. You heard them? Sometimes, when the mood’s upon me, I might drop a branch. Crack! Like a spoon upon an egg.

Designed and written by ourselves

One of a set of 12 tree-specific cards. Unique and only available from us.
On FSC approved card for £1.99