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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
There is something about Yew that makes it the perfect wood for these little birds.

They look better in small "flocks" rather than lonely individuals, and every one is unique.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The best wood I have found for these little snowmen is, as the name would suggest, Whitebeam.  Unfortunately that is not very plentiful.

On the other hand,  Ash works very well too and we do have plenty of that on the Common.

I do try to avoid using non-native woods but the hats are from some reclaimed Sapele.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Where would we be without Yew!  The pale sapwood and contrasting darker heartwood work well to give these trees a more Christmassy look.  Laburnum also has similar properties but is harder to come by.



Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Everybody's favourite animal is also one of my favourite woodturning projects.

Most woods work well for these litte critters but those shown are in Silver Birch, Lime and Beech.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
These were inspired by the beautiful little  wood-mice that nest in my store of shavings every winter! 

They work in most woods but the ones shown here are Elm, Cherry, Holly, Laurel, Yew and Hazel.

Like the birds, these are far happier in groups than solitary.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wet-turned from a small Apple branch, each of these egg-cups is unique and slightly quirky.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
There are many ways of making candle or tea-light  holders, but usually the simple ideas are the best.

This natural-edged tea-light holder is from one of the many Sycamore saplings that have to be cleared from the common every year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A fellow-supporter of FoWC requested a pair of handled door-wedges.  So I thought it might be nice to combine this with the hedgehogs (above).  And so was born the "Wedgehog".

These are from Oak, which is probably a good choice owing to its hardness.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
..... and another.

This time in Elm.

Thursday, August 26, 2021
There's no end to what you can use a Hedgehog for!  This is the "Crayonhog" and was made by request from a friend, for their 4-year old daughter.

The wood is Alder and I think a light wood would generally be preferable for this toy..

Thursday, August 26, 2021
These spinning tops and launchers are ideal for keeping children of all ages amused for hours on end.

This one is entirely in Oak and I have found that Oak produces by far the best spinning top.  I think the launcher would work well in any wood.