Woodland Craft Handbook
The Woodland Craft Handbook is an inspirational yet practical guide to traditional crafts, woodland coppice products and forest permaculture.
Step into the shoes of woodsman Ben Law as he explores this diverse collection of crafts made from materials sourced directly from the woods. Brooms, rakes, pegs, spoons, chairs, baskets, fencing and walking sticks – the items are one-off and unique – hewn and shaped by hand, infused with a simple, rustic beauty.
With fascinating information on the history and traditions of the crafts, coppice management, tree species and the tools and devices used, we learn about all aspects of the low-impact woodland way of life. Much as the traditional techniques associated with the woods were passed down through families, this book aims to help secure their relevance and adapt them for future generations.
About the author
Ben Law, woodsman, craftsman, eco-builder, teacher and writer, lives and works in Prickly Nut Wood in West Sussex, UK. The building of his unique woodland home was featured on Grand Designs in the UK and was voted by viewers as the most popular episode ever. Ben runs courses on sustainable woodland management and permaculture, runs a specialist eco-building company and trains apprentices. Ben Law is the author of several books, including The Woodland House (Permanent Publications, 2005). The Woodland Year (Permanent Publications, 2008), and Woodsman: Living in a Wood in the 21st Century and Woodland Craft (GMC Publications, 2015). www.ben-law.co.uk.
“Beautiful illustrations, photography and authoritative instruction make this a delightful book from cover to cover” 5 stars.”
-Good Woodworking Magazine
“…beautifully illustrated with stunning drawings and photographs that show you the stages of the projects and how to put together some of the more advanced ideas.”
“Ben has succeeded in writing a book that is both inspirational to the novice and insightful for the experienced crafter.”
History of woodlands
Woodland craft materials
Crafts for the farm and garden
Split-handle hay rake
Crafts for the home
Bentwood and steam-bent loungers
Directory of tree species
Directory of tools and devices
About the author