The sun shone, the fire was lit and industrious folk were unloading tools, shave horses and pole lathes from their cars when I arrived at Foxcombe Wood on Sunday morning. There was a good turn out, including Griff who had been demonstrating at Wychwood Forest Fair the week before. He’s based in Harwell and runs Rustic Ash Chairs. Ray, Phil, Birgit and Adrian also attended.
We are grateful to be able to use Foxcombe Woods, a private Nature Reserve in Boars Hill South West of Oxford, managed by Steve who joined us around the fire to enjoy his pipe and tea.
It was a glorious and enterprising day, with spoons being carved, tool handles turned and stool rungs drawknives. I made some progress on some sycamore rungs that are intended for a shaker-style chair. Phil impressed us all with his beautiful new Nic Westermann axe. Griff was able to use a Nic Westermann finishing hook knife I have on his striking whale-flume spoon.
We discussed plans for future meetings, including a repeat of the popular leather working workshop we arranged last Autumn and attendance at Combe Mill’s woodcraft day on 16 October 2016 where several of us will be demonstrating.
As the smoke from the wood shavings on the fire caught the early evening sunlight it was time to pack for home after a satisfying and productive day in the woods in good company. Who could ask for more?