The Sturdy Oak greetings card

The Sturdy Oak

What would England be without me? Your navy were once called ‘The wooden walls of England’. But would those walls have kept the French and Spaniards at bay if it weren’t for my timber that clad the ships and protected  the live hearts beating safe within.Stout hearted with a broad reach, I grow bigger and live longer than any honest tree in the realm.What child doesn’t know the wavy shape of my leaves, what man…

Coppicing

I blogged about some chainsaw coppicing over at Pondhead But that failed to show the stirling work of the majority of the volunteers achieve, so here is another info-panarama-graphic-thingy to redress the balance. As before click on the top right square to go full screen and get a better view. The original panorama is here : Green gym
The Truthful Holly greetings card

The Truthful Holly

I like to feed the robins in winter; the colder the winter, the more berries I will wear. I’m the guardian of the forest whilst the other trees take their winter sleep; bringing a surge of welcome colour into a grey world.What house is not cheered by my greens and reds over the winter solstice, and doors hung with wreathes at Christmas?I make an impenetrable fence in a hedgerow and my crown is often left…

The Birds are back – competition

..and the air was thick with the wings of birds coming home to roost To celebrate getting our windows filled with so many wonderful hand-carved birds, we’re going to give one away!** Just comment here, or on our facebook page which bird is your favorite and why, then next friday we will pick a winner at random and announce it that day* Here’s a list of all the birds we stock:BlueTitGreenfinchGreatTitGreenWoodpeckerHousesparrowKingfisherNutHatchRobinSpottedWoodpeckerTreecreeperYellowWagtailWrenGoldfinchCrestedTitGoldcrestLongTailedTitMistleThrushRedwingBullfinchChafinch These birds are all…
The Thoughtful Hazel greetings card

The Thoughtful Hazel

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…

The Tree

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 Merry Hawthorn greetings card

The Merry Hawthorn

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…

Growing spoons

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, afterthe log being cut from our coppicing work over at http://www.pondheadconservation.org.uk/ The rules are that…