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Sunday Spoonage

Couple of large cooking / serving spoons made from Willow, the two pence piece is for scale. The lower one of the two spoons i roughed out with the axe yesterday and today i carved out the bowl, along with the all the other spoon blanks i made yes...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 3, 2013

Saturday Spoonage

Made a start on a few more spoons to go into stock this afternoon, all are rough carved from Willow and still need to have the bowls carved out. There are a few spoon types here, including the big cooking spoon, the others are a mix of cooking and...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 2, 2013

Mora Classic No.1

A little while ago i was sorting through the knife drawer and rediscovered my old Mora No.1, i used to love this knife and I used it all the time, as you can probably tell by the state of the handle. I cant remember exactly why i stopped using it, bu...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 1, 2013

Card Wallets

When im out and about, i often get asked when im speaking to the general public about what im doing,  if i have a business card or the like on me so they can check out my website and blog when they get home, now whilst i have cards, i usually carry...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 1, 2013

Mini Alcohol Burner

I've been playing around with meths burners over the past couple of days, in particular trying to make a workable, small burner to go in my lightweight brew kit and my Crusader cooker unit. The two burners/stoves pictured are both made from small...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 30, 2013

Silky F180

"Forget your Bahco Laplander, get a Silky F180", that's what i was told a little while ago, and having seen one of these in operation and being allowed to use it, i did just that and got one, and now, im the one saying "Get a Silky F18...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 30, 2013

Willow Spoon

Making a few spoons yesterday has certainly renewed my enthusiasm to carve a few more,  that and the fact that i need to rebuild my stock of them for some shows i have coming up. The spoon pictured is one of four i made earlier today, but only on...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 28, 2013

Sunday Spoonage

It's been a little while since i carved a spoon, so i rectified that today and sat down for a few hours and carved some spoons, the three pictured took me about thee and half hours to do, as per normal the spoon blanks are rough shaped using the axe...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 27, 2013

Goldfinch

These small birds have to be one of my favourite birds, i took this photo this morning while i was undertaking a small survey of the birds in the area as part of the RSPB Birdwatch event. It seemed a shame not to take full advantage of the number...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 26, 2013

Greenfinch

Was out earlier with the camera trying to get some half decent shots of the Fieldfares and Lapwings out in the back field and as per normal, as soon as you appear, they go up the field to a point that is just a little bit too far away to get a good s...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 25, 2013

Sit Mat

Made myself a nice new sit mat this morning, the mat measure thirteen inches tall by eighteen inches wide and has a depth of about half an inch.   Up until now ive always used a piece of blue plastic to sit on, but during the winter, even using...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 24, 2013

Snowy Bimble

Had a really good bimble over the Downs today with Hugo & Rockmonkey, when we left home this morning, the snow had all but gone, but when we got the other side of the hill, it was still a wonderful wintry  landscape, and as we don't get snow tha...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 23, 2013

Fieldfare

Winter is finally here, well it is for me anyway, as yesterday saw the first big flock of Fieldfares arrive out in the back field, and the arrival of these migrants, means winter has finally arrived. Many people seem to forget that in the UK we do...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 22, 2013

Gone Tracking

Wing print One of the things ive really enjoyed over the past few days is tracking the animals and birds in the snow.  For a start, ive been able to track and note the route the Fox takes for future reference, so i can set up a camera trap, i h...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 21, 2013

Playing In The Snow

Well, we are in to day three of the snow fall here in Southern England and as i write this it's still snowing and due to continue until mid to late afternoon, so what better opportunity than to get out and have some fun, so i did just that. I figu...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 20, 2013

Cold Weather Alcohol Stove

I've been messing around today with one of my side burning alcohol stoves that i made last year, in particular ive been using one of the side burners that i made from an aluminium cider bottle and have been using it in conjunction with a 10cm Zebra b...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 17, 2013

Good Company

Went for a really nice long walk in the cold and ice today with my two best buddies Hugo & Rockmonkey from BCUK, well i say a  'long' walk, it was only just under eight miles in reality, but man alive was it chilly, mind you when it's this cold...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 16, 2013

Strap Clamps

Following my post yesterday about the new build Hazel stool im making, ive had a couple of people get in touch with questions about the corner clamp i was using in the photo.   The question i was asked more than any other was "How did you m...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 14, 2013

Low Stool - Upholstered

Worked some more on the foot stool/low stool ive been making today. The stool has now been upholstered using some gloriously tactile jute webbing that looks absolutely superb one the stool, i personally think it looks better than the sisal rope se...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 14, 2013

Low Stool

Small stool that is in the process of being built, the entire stool is made from Hazel and as you can see from the photo, is currently in the process of being glued up and kept square using some homemade strap clamps. The legs of the stool are fro...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Jan 13, 2013


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