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Title: Easter Ancient Demo day
Location: Butser Ancient Farm
Description: We will be demonstrating pole lathe tuning and green wood work at Butser Ancient Farm. As an added bonus you will be able to by our wares including our latest leather Items with an ancient theme.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2016-03-28
End Time: 17:00

We supply quality local firewood throughout the yearIt has been a long time since we wrote a blog post on here (2014) and a lot has changed in that time.

One thing that doesn’t change is the log orders we are still keeping the home fires of Hampshire and west Sussex burning. Since our last post we have delivered over 500 loads to both private and commercial customers. All of the timber has been come from our own woodland, which is helping the sustainable management of our ancient woodland and continuing a tradition that stretches back over a thousand years.

chestnut brown leahter with vking runes tooled into itOne thing that has changed in the nearly 2 years is the addition of leather to our product range. With the initial intention of making sheaths for our tools, Kester has in the past two years developed a range of leather work with a distinctively Celtic/pagan/Viking theme, which as we work in a very Celtic landscape is rather apt. Within the woodland complex we work there are at least half a dozen burial mounds, as well as wood banks and field systems.

Rain and the resulting mud are the bane of any countryside workers life and this winter has been no acceptation, although thankfully we are not flooded, like our friends in the north. Not only does the mud put more strain on man and equipment, it can be very draining looking into a leaden sky every day wondering when it is going to drop more of the damp stuff on us. Having said that we have had a short spell of cold in the last week although the mercury is heading into the teens again now so we will see what Mother Nature has in store of us next.

Title: The Meon Springs Country Experience Day…
Location: Meon Springs Whitewool Farm, East Meon Hampshire GU32 1HW
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Description: We will be supporting this event again this year as part of the Hampshire Coppice Craftsmens' group (HCCG) display. HCCG will be demonstrating varous coppice crafts including pole lathe turning, besom broom making as well as country crafts.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-04-13
End Time: 16:00

 

This winter we have delivered more log loads than ever before, many to our regular customers, but we also have a lot of new customers. We hope you were happy with your firewood and will back to us again in the future.

It has been a difficult winter for everyone. For those of us that work in the countryside, the wet and windy weather has made working conditions hard at best, and sometimes absolutely impossible. We were fortunate in that our land is high and on a slope, so we just suffered from mud and wind and had no flooding. There were days when we couldn't work though, as working in a wood in a gale or worse is dangerous, so we just had to stop. Felling becomes impossible with even a reaonably high wind, especially if it is gusty.

Hambledon, Finchdean and Dean Lane End were flooded near us. We had to deliver one load of firewood to a house where the bottom of the drive was under water, but luckily the house was higher. We have also been delivering log sacks to the Peoples Market in Hambledon all through the floods. At first, we were allowed to come into the top of the village as long as we drove very slowly, then access was only by the Denmead end and only for certain vehicles. In the end we found it easier to deliver down Speltham Hill. It meant we didn't have the problem of turning between the sandbags, and there was only one line of sandbags to carry the log sacks over too.

I am glad to say that the water has gone down and Hambledon at least is now water free. The access is open again, but there is a lot of clearing up and road works to do before the people of Hambledon have got back to normal. We were glad that we were able to play our very small part in helping while so many volunteers in the village did so much.

We don't know whether winter is over yet, but we are still delivering log loads for use this season. Please think about your firewood requirements for next winter over the next few months. If you order during the summer it helps us to spread the load, you get a chance to season your wood that bit better, and you know you have something to keep you warm next winter. It spreads your heating costs too.

The next thing is charcoal. We hope to be able to load and fire at least one kiln this week so we have some to sell at Winchester Farmers Market at the end of the month.

 

Title: Autumn Countryside Show at the Weald and Downland Museum
Location: Weald and Downland Museum
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Description: we have been supporting this event for a number of years and every year it gets bigger and better
Start Date: 2013-10-12
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2013-10-13
End Time: 17:00

Title: Hampshire Farmers’ Market – Winchester
Location: the Cathederal close
Description: an extra event to celibrate the harvest festival
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2013-10-06
End Time: 15:00

Title: Bishops Waltham Show and carnival
Location: Hoe Road recreation gound
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Description: Run by the Rotary Club Of Bishop’s Waltham this is an event we have been supporting for a number of years.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-06-01
End Time: 17:00

Title: Southdowns Green Fair
Location: The Sustainability centre, East Meon
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Description: Once again members of Hampshire Coppice Craftsmens’ Group will be demonstrating a wide range of coppice crafts including pole lathe turning, walking stick making, Cleft Chestnut Products Besom broom making.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-05-12
End Time: 17:00

Title: Meon Springs Countryside Day
Location: Meon springs, West Meon
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Description: Again we will be there as members of Hampshire Coppice Craftsmens’ Group will be demonstrating a wide range of coppice crafts including pole lathe turning, Besom broom making.

Members of the group will also be selling Pea sticks and bean poles as part of National Bean Pole week.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-04-14
End Time: 16:30

Title: Hampshire Farmers' Market – Winchester Cathedral Harvest Festival
Location: Winchester Cathedral
Description: Set in the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral this will ge the second year that we have appeared at the havest festival market. we will be demonstrating a range of coppice crafts including pole lathe turning and spoon making.
Start Date:  06-10-2012
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 07-10-2012