Photos from courses and some hand-crafted items

Early Signs of Success

The pall of steam emerging from the kiln body signifies that the wood pile is getting hotter‚ and has therefore been successfully lit!

Photo: Deirdre McMurray‚ June 2011

Smoke and Flames as the Kiln Hots Up

Once the central core fire begins to catch‚ copious amounts of smoke and some very intense flame are seen at the top of the kiln...almost time to put the lid on and attach the chimneys.

Photo: Deirdre McMurray‚ June 2011

Getting Even Hotter

...hotter still - almost there!

Photo: Deirdre McMurray‚ June 2011

View of Hellfire and Brimstone

This photo was taken looking up one of the air vents...seems like some sort of fiery dinosaur to me!

Photo: Deirdre McMurray‚ June 2011

The Kiln Chuffing Away for the Next Few Hours

The burn phase is well underway‚ and now is the best time to get on with other things as this stage will take several hours.

Photo: Deirdre McMurray‚ June 2011

Fred CARVING GYPSY FLOWERS at WGWC

Here I am at the Wiltshire Greenwood Collective meeting carving those Gypsy Flowers.  I love these‚ a real traditional craft of the underwood...my grannie used to sell these from door to door long before I was even born.

 

Photo by Mike Slater - Thanks Mike

CLOSE UP - carving Gypsy Flowers

Here is the technique in close up.  You have got to concentrate - or OUCH!

 

Photo by Mike Slater - Thanks Mike

GYPSY FLOWERS - Close Up

Photos by Mike Slater

OGHAM STICKS by FRED ('The Forager')

This photo shows the Ogham Sticks that I make.

 

They are made from 20 different woods as described in the mediaeval Book of Ballymote.  Each of the characters is inscribed into the wood by burning with a pyrography tool‚ so that they don't rub off.  I then coat the burned character with clear lacquer to provide a nice finish.

 

The sticks come supplied in a nice velvety drawstring bag‚ and are available on our 'Book and Buy Stuff' page.

 

Fred the Forager

Unity BIRTH RING forged from a SILVER COIN!

It took 20 to 30 thousand hammer blows to forge this ring.

 

Photo by Kelly Saunders

IRON TORC - NE Europe CELTO-SLAVONIC inspiration

This was one of my earliest blacksmithing projects‚ and I still wear it today.  It feels very protective‚ and due to a secret used in its manufacture‚ it does not rust.

Photo by Kelly Saunders

STERLING SILVER TALISMANIC RING

This ring was inscribed with a design supplied by the customer‚ using an age old salt etching technique.

It was the assertion of alchemists many centuries ago that 'the salts open the pores of the metals'.

They were definitely right!

 

Photo by Kelly Saunders

First go at a tension tray basket

Tension tray basket making

Tension tray baskets

Beginners basketry students first tension trays

Swedish fruit basket

Swedish fruit basket - the open lattice base prevents fruit spoiling by increasing air flow

  • Lighting the Charcoal Kiln
  • Early Signs of Success
  • Smoke and Flames as the Kiln Hots Up
  • Getting Even Hotter
  • View of Hellfire and Brimstone
  • The Kiln Chuffing Away for the Next Few Hours
  • Fred CARVING GYPSY FLOWERS at WGWC
  • CLOSE UP - carving Gypsy Flowers
  • GYPSY FLOWERS - The Garden is Growing!
  • GYPSY FLOWERS - Close Up
  • OGHAM STICKS by FRED ('The Forager')
  • Twisted and Scrolled COPPER TORC bracelet
  • Unity BIRTH RING forged from a SILVER COIN!
  • IRON TORC - NE Europe CELTO-SLAVONIC inspiration
  • STERLING SILVER TALISMANIC RING
  • First go at a tension tray basket
  • Tension tray baskets
  • Having a go
  • Swedish fruit basket