Tuesday, 4 October 2016


It is autumn here and the seeds and leaves are beginning to fall. This year I am enjoying harvesting both. The leaves are usually removed by the council so it is good to go and gather their goodness in black bin liners, tie them up and leave them for a year and they are a wonderful rich compost.
To germinate beech seeds remove from the seed case ( above) there are usually 4 nuts inside. The germination rate for beech is approximately sixty percent. Place these in a zip lock bag in the fridge for a couple of weeks and then plant. 

Acorns have an eighty percent germination rate, remove the 'hat' again I have placed mine in the fridge in a zip-lock bag for a couple of weeks before planting in a four inch pot with potting compost and then a layer of sand. 

There is one old walnut tree near me and I would love to get this little walnut to sprout.

Please gather and plant.

Humans cut down over 15 billion trees every year, this is unsustainable as people who use wood we need to counteract this damage and work to replenish the forests and protect the tree diversity and stock where we can.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Stian Korntved Ruud

A few examples of Stian Korntved Ruud's a spoon a day project which led to 365 spoons in 365 days.
“I thought that making some small object every day was a nice way to learn,” Stian Korntved Ruud

"When using manual hand tools my hand collaborates with the wood structureduring the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities." Stian 
You can buy a signed print featuring the 'Daily Spoon', year of spoons here

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Micaella Pedros

"Plastic bottles are everywhere around us, which makes it such an accessible and available material. When I discovered its potential to form a join, I was amazed by the fact that anyone can do it, embracing its democratic value and contributing to the growing do-it-yourself culture.Micaella Pedros
Micaella Pedros graduated from RCA this summer and has set up a studio in East London to share and develop this technique.
Joining Bottles from Micaella Pedros on Vimeo.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Nerve Design

Recently when I visited Portugal, I discovered Nerve Design at LX Factory Lisbon. Nerve Design uses recycled beach combed materials to create their unique furniture and interiors. The team of designers, carpenters and craftsmen use their skills to enhance and retain the character of their materials whilst adapting them to their new role.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Isidro Ferrer and LZF

Working with LZF design studio a Valencia based company that specialised in manufacturing hand-made wooden lighting  and has since expanded to many forms of design but all with handmade at their heart, Isidro Ferrer has created funny farm a collection of wooden figures that are being transformed into radical fun lighting.

"I began to experiment with the shape and the look of their lamps, and began to play with small wooden pieces inspired by the morphology of their products. My experiments led me to a peculiar, funny family made up of nineteen wooden animals, including, among others, monkeys, a fish with legs, elephants and rabbits. That was when knew I had created the Funny Farm”. Isidro Ferrer

Saturday, 9 July 2016