Green Woodworking Illustrations & examples.

The art of cleaving (splitting wood) is essential to maintaining maximum strength in the wood prior to being used for green woodwork. Below are pictures of cleaving with a froe and mallet.

When cleaving a fresh section of wood the sap glistens and oozes its subtle smells. It is a beautiful moment, and I always linger to absorb something that will only last a short while.


Using fresh fruit woods is a lovely experience. The aroma of the fruit explodes from the sap as it evaporates bringing a nasal smile every time. Sometimes when working cherry wood I feel as if I'm in a basket of fresh cherries.


The drawknife is a favourite of mine! It is a tool, used with the shave horse, that works to make most of my products.


Turning on a pedal lathe gives great control, satisfaction and pleasure whilst working: It allows one to work at one's own pace whilst creating a harmonious rhythm between one's moving body and the turned product.

Pedal lathes come in many forms and are usually transportable with little effort, permitting one to be set up quickly and in many situations. Traditionally this was practiced in the woods in bodger's huts (a bodger is a traditional chair maker, very common pre the industrial revolution).

The pictures above and below, illustrates the begining and end processes of turning a rattle.


These are pictures of a pedal-bungee powered

bowl lathe in operation.

Note the turning hooks at close hand.




























































Working in the woods feels natural to this style of woodwork. It is practical to be working on site, where the material is sourced and transformed to a finished product. The impact of working this way is minimal. All the by products either go as chippings on the path, the fire or just mulch back into the earth. A great harmony is formed between man and nature. For me it deepens my appreciation of nature and provides a practical way to improve my relationship with it.

                                                    Fresh sweet shavings!

The bowl being turned on the left is the same as the one pictured in the forefront above.