Archive for the ‘wood’ Category

Sculptural forms – architecture

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a small clearing in the middle of a forest amidst a medley of exciting experimental buildings. I was at Hooke Park in Dorset, an educational facility owned by the Architectural Association and set in 150 acres of working forest.

The buildings were particularly interesting because they combined innovative architectural design with the use of forest thinnings, timber not usually considered of economic value. Other cheap materials such as fabrics were widely used too.

It just so happens that I am in the process of designing a tractor shed for our old Leyland, now I am seeing all timber buildings with new eyes and am having to revisit my designs.

The visit to Hooke Park was followed a few days later, although only coincidentally, by a film and discussion at the University of Bath on Frank Gehry (Sketches of Frank Gehry – a documentary film by Sydney Pollack).  I have visited the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao twice and each time this massive sculptural building has not failed to impress me however the buildings in the wood also defied the need for straight lines, were more modest and more achievable.


Monday, November 21st, 2011

I have started my list of winter jobs with laying 20 meters of quite mature hazel, a very satifying day’s work.  However it is a long hedge and there are already a lot of thinings to tidy up!

A bit more to go…

Sculpture trail

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I spent one week working with pupils creating willow art work as well as working in the small copse in the school grounds.  The projects involved hands on coppicing, making living hazel arches, willow flowers, large willow spiders and large willow fish. 

During a follow up week I helped on the project building a timber outdoor classroom, the pupils were involved with every aspect of the work: using a shave horse to make oak pegs, de barking chestnut poles, nailing cedar shingles, measuring & sawing, etc…

working in the woods  living hazel arches

willow spider in web

Working my wood

Monday, February 5th, 2007

The third season of coppicing in my wood, the overstood hazel understory has been removed now I am felling the ash which was shading the woodland floor.  I need to organise a work party to help carry all the ash logs out.


coup 3 regrowth one year on spring flowers & new coppice shoots early purple orchid, yellow archangel

Hedge laying

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

With the help of volunteers, both experienced and learning, the hedge along the road was laid over three winters.  Posts and binders were sourced from the hazel coppice within the wood.hedge laying year 2 view from the road BCTV help first years hedge laying

Woodland wonders

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

woodland snails Maze fungus

Working in the woods – Hampshire

Friday, April 1st, 2005

 Hazel and beech wigwams