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Chopped Wood

So, after cutting a tree down, what do you do with the wood? In the last blog I talked about a few trees in our garden that had to be taken down. This creates a lot of wood, and I don’t like letting that go to waste. We use long, thin branches and twigs around […]

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Chopping Down

It’s mostly about making things from wood. Occasionally it’s about taking wood down. We are fortunate to have a large, mature garden, that opens out onto a nature reserve. We are secluded, surrounded by trees, and generally lucky to have wood to shade under and look at. It’s a dynamic situation though. The garden takes […]

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A Bench for the Den

Work on The Den continues. As The Chap gets older, he becomes less likely to want to swing and slide, and more likely to want to sit and read, or to slope off and find a quiet place to do WhatsApp stuff on his phone. The Den could still play a part in this, though […]

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The Den – part 4

The ever evolving Den I’ve been writing about a play-fort or Den I built for my son. It began as a platform with a slide and a ladder. In Part 3 of the story I had added a swing. This was formed from a long beam suspended between the Den and an A-Frame. The swing […]

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The Den – part 3

So how is that Den looking? I built a structure in our garden that my growing son could use as a Den. I wrote about its construction in an earlier blog (Part 1 here, and Part 2 just there.) It started as a raised platform with a ladder and scramble board to climb up and […]

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Fencing

“The grass is always greener on the other side–that’s because we can’t see over the fence.” (Marsha Hinds) I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that much of my woodworking involves making replacement parts, particularly for things that go outside, around the garden. The biggest replacement so far has been to rebuild a 14-metre section of our […]

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The Den – part 2

So how is that Den going? I left off the previous blog having erected and concreted a set of huge poles and assembled a platform between them a metre and a half off the ground. Next, I needed to add some walls, a roof, and a means to get up to the platform. The walls […]

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The Den

In his book, Good Clean Fun, Misadventures in Sawdust, Actor and Sawyer Nick Offerman writes “We all start with building a tree house of some sort.” This was my turn. We had a recently arrived child, and a hole in the hedge left by a dead bush. I was getting the hang of swinging a […]

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Fork Handles

Repairs are part and parcel of keeping a home. I did intend to write up an outdoor project I started many years ago, but a more recent bit of outdoor work interrupted. We have a good garden and veg patch, and there’s always opportunity for digging. Wear-and-tear happens though, and sometimes repairs are necessary. In […]