The classic text on coppicing and woodland crafts, redesigned for a new generation of woodspeople.
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a patch of woodland, this book contains everything you need to set up, manage, and profit from a thriving coppice. But even if you don’t, there’s plenty of information on traditional woodland crafts here for you: learn how to work with bought coppiced wood to make all manner of products, from the archetypal besom broom and humble tent pegs to sturdy gate hurdles.
Woodland crafts expert Ray Tabor guides you through a range of heritage woodland conservation methods. He introduces the best tools for each job—the time-honored woodsman’s billhook being the most important of all—and the devices you’ll need. He shows how to select wood for each purpose, from ash, traditionally used for tool handles, to chestnut for making perfect fences. There’s also an in-depth exploration of the essential art of riving (splitting wooden poles by hand).
Full of invaluable advice, historical information, useful diagrams, and evocative photography, this book will help you reconnect to nature and the environment and gain immense pleasure from creating beautiful crafted products using heritage methods.
About the Author
Ray Tabor worked for much of his life in a woodland nature reserve in Suffolk, buying and selling traditional products, and chaired the conservation activities of the largest Wildlife Trust in the UK. He led courses in woodland crafts and management and wrote regularly on crafts, tools, and woodland conservation, including Green Woodworking Pattern Book for Batsford.