Big stool flattened

You may remember this hazel coppice stool I’ve spent ages taking down:

SAMSUNG CSCWell yesterday, I finally cut it back to the level where we expect basal shoots to grow.


It took quite some work with the chain saw to get it flattened. I would not have liked to approach this job without it. I had to have a sharpening session halfway through as the stool had started self-rooting higher up:


Luckily there were no stones embedded in there.  I had to cut horizontally and then cut vertically down to take off manageable chunks, quite a few times:

SAMSUNG CSCYou can see the higher rooting on that shot.

Got rather a stack of material out of it, some is even useable for other than logs and charcoal making.  Sold a set of poles for a rustic garden arch yesterday.



4 thoughts on “Big stool flattened

    • The growth will come this year – maybe 3 foot or more. The practice is not to take cuttings but to let the growth come for 5 years after restoration cutting and then cut the poles, better poles are supposed to come 7 years later after that first cut. That is if the blummin’ deer give the young growth a chance without nibbling the ends off. We’ve covered the stool in a festoon of hazel tops to try to keep the beasts away.

  1. Richard,
    Many thanks for your very interesting blog. How would the woodsman of the past have flattened the stool? I imagine a solitary chap doing the work, making the use of a crosscut saw difficult. Would he have used an axe and then adze?

    Regards, Virgil.

    • Aha! Well, in days of yore coppice wood was far too valuable to be left to grow for 50 years plus until the stool got into a complete mess. It would have been cut every 7 years with a felling axe and a bill. The poles would have been small and manageable, not a tangled mess three foot wide (must have been more actually as I had to come in from all sides with a 16″ bar.)

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