Craftsman at work

by Helen Hooker March. 01, 2017 3060 views

When I arrived this afternoon Jacob was sharpening a saw

We've been lucky enough to have two guests staying at Hatfield Forest for the last month.  Jacob and Amy have been living on site while they make ninety traditional cleft gate hurdles for us.  These hurdles will eventually be used to shut off some of the rides, or paths, through the forest which have become damaged through the relentless tramp of our visitors, so they can recover and allow the vegetation to  regrow.  

Old and new tools together

Adding a chamfer to the edge of a piece of wood

It's been a pleasure watching the pile of hurdles gradually increasing and fascinating seeing the process as Jacob and Amy work.  Today they kindly allowed me to take some photos and I hope, in time, I'll be able to go and photograph the fruits of their craft in place in the forest.

1 March 2017

More traditional tools

A pile of completed hurdles

A handy way to store tools when they're not needed

Jacob and Amy have been focusing recently on shaping the various components for the hurdles, ready to put them together later

A side project - a bench for Amy's father

Working on one of the tenons

Jacob and Amy's outdoor workshop. To start with it was sectioned off with a rope - now their hurdles take pride of place

A home in the forest

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Katie R 4 years, 6 months ago

It's lovely to see this series on craft

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

Great to see traditional handcraft is not lost.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating series! Not too many real craftsmen using hand tools anymore. Glad to see they do still exist & are working!

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Dawn Hester 4 years, 6 months ago

WOW! It's amazing to see these men and women work with such gifted crafts. Very nice and a very informative.

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