We will be Sweet Chestnut coppicing in Whatcome Woods this weekend, from Friday 26th until Monday 29th.
Please come along between from 10am until about 3pm if you can to see how we are harvesting this valuable resource. We may well also be clefting it to make posts, rails, palings and laths. There should be a fire burning and a kettle on – bring a spud in tin foil and a mug!
There will also be the chance to help in the building of a brash deer fence to protect the new growth of the chestnut stools over the coming couple of years.
Our coup is Forestry Commission woodland so you’ll have to walk in – it’s about a mile with a couple of small(ish) hills along footpaths, bridleways and forestry tracks. Head for DT11 0AZ (there will be a COPPICING sign to show you the turning) and carry on driving down the track until you reach a large dog-leg curve where there is space for parking. There is a bridleway further down the track on the left that will take you into the woods on foot – the route will be sign posted.
****Please be aware that we will be coppicing some large trees, felling them with chainsaws. Although all of our operatives take the greatest of care it is YOUR responsibility to keep out of harms way, follow all instructions and directions from our employees, be aware that when a chainsaw starts that a tree may be coming down. We cannot and will not be held responsible for any injuries to persons or property howsoever caused.***
So we’ve made a cleft chestnut rustic garden gate for a fencing contractor. It’s been a while and is good to get back into the swing again.
I started yesterday with a log of chestnut that we’d harvested from our coppice in the heart of Dorset. This I cleaved (split down the grain) for the stiles and rails. The rails are morticed into the stiles and fixed with cleft oak pegs. The diagonal brace was cleft from a bent log so it can bend round the rails and blind-morticed into the stiles for extra strength.
Sweet Chestnut is an incredibly resilient hardwood and this gate should last for many, many years with little or no maintenance.
Artisan Gardening will make your garden gates to order to suit your requirements. The gates are made from Sweet Chesnut that is cleft to size using traditional tools and methods. The gates are made using no metal fixings save the occasional brass screw.
I’ve been meaning to make a new gate for our house for sometime. So it’s to match in with the wibbly cedar fence that I made a couple of years ago. And seeing as our house is called Badger House, I thought that it should have a Badger in it.
Just finished this evening, an English oak curvy entrance gate. Made from locally sourced air dried English oak, made in our workshops and hung in the rain. All structural joints are draw pegged mortice and tenon, brass screws and bespoke gate furniture made by the Dorset Forge.
Here’s a recently completed pair of oak driveway gates made for a client that we met at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair back in the summer. They feature curved rails and braces with asymmetric opening.
The gates are made from air dried oak to minimise movement as the timbers acclimatise and weather. All structural joints are mortice and tennon with oak draw dowels. The hinges and latches were forged at the Dorset Forge specifically to fit the curve of the rails. The gates have a sanded finish and have been treated to an undercoat and two top coats of OSMO UV Protection Oil.
Just had this design for an oak gate accepted by the client, which is nice. Will be made in air dried oak in the coming weeks. That’ll be us busy for pretty much the rest of the year.
Curved slat oak pedestrian gate
This design for Oak Driveway Gates has just been accepted by the client, we’re rather excited about making these we is..! Going to be made in seasoned oak over the coming weeks.
The client is keen to direct visitors up the left side of the drive hence the asymmetric design. The curved top rail, centre rail and bracings add to the balance in the asymmetry and should be fun to make!
Design for asymmetric, curved top, oak driveway gates.