Well, it’s that time of year, back to coppice work, elf sales fallen away, time for some bodgery admin. New racking to store all those useful bits that might come in useful one day.
I also repaired the woven hazel fence/shavings barrier at the front of the workshop and dragged back about six inches od shavings – I thought the chopping block seemed lower than it was.
Coppicing here in this weather means wet gloves, sometimes three pairs in a day. They tend to be covered in green algae from the bark so I decided to make a glove drying rack to fit over the porch radiator. It was pretty much industrial strength, over-engineered somewhat for holding gloves. The brackets are quarter riven oak knees and the rails are ash. I was persuaded to lighten it a little.
Prettied up the rails a little (“Now looks like they’re for table football.” – Ed)
Axed away about quarter of an inch thickness from the brackets.
I’ve also been doing some off-piste steam bending.
Just for that little handle end on the adze haft. It buckled a little at the vice edge, but should be OK cleaned up. The adze head (shipwright’s) was only £3! And probably unused, it’s a while since they build ships in Whitby whence it came. But they did build Captain Cook’s Endeavour there.
I’ve also been doing a little recreational spoon carving, and found that a massive stock knife is pretty useful for roughing out.