Blog Posts - South Downs



Willow Bowl

Willow bowl commission finished this afternoon. The exterior surfaces of the bowl are sanded to 2500 grit, with the exception of the underneath of the end wings which are fluted for grip, the interior of the bowl retains the tool marks per the cust...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Dec 22, 2013

No Bother On The Rother

Fishing the Sussex Rother today for Chub, had one of about a pound and a half, lovely just being by the river though.
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Sep 28, 2013

Some ideas really are too daft

According to a report in the Argus on Tuesday Brighton & Hove Council are considering ways of making a meaningful gateway between the City and the South Downs National Park. The principle is very sound. We are already fortunate enough to …...
by IanChisnall on Aug 23, 2013

Visiting the city of Brighton England

If you want to let your hair down and enjoy yourself there's no better place to go than the seaside city of Brighton on the South coast of England. Brighton is situated between the South Downs and the Sea and has been a popular tourist destination fo...
by eTravelTrips on May 15, 2013

The South Downs Way 50 Mile Race 2013 – Results

The South Downs Way 50 Mile Race saw its inaugural running on April 13th 2013 joining a developing series of trail races in southern England hosted by Centurion Running. Thé race, which includes the final 44 miles of the South Downs Way 100 mile rac...
by Ultrarunning World on Apr 26, 2013

First Ember

Bit of a momentous occasion here today, when we got back from  the show we did earlier and had put everything away, we went out in the garden and started messing around with the bow drill, i got an ember, eldest got an ember, but youngest had never...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Apr 6, 2013

Sycamore Bowl

Worked some more on the Sycamore bowl ive been working on for some time today, i refined the interior of the bowl a bit with the gouges, although i still have work to do to get it to the finish i want,  i also sanded the exterior of the bowl down, t...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 31, 2013

Wooden Rakes

Got a few more rakes finished off today, i wanted to get a good number of these made ready for a couple of shows that are looming on the not too distant horizon. The rakes per the others ive written about recently,  all have Ash heads and tines,...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 31, 2013

Willow Bowl

Carved from Willow using traditional hand tools such as an adze and gouges, the bowl features a sanded exterior surface, but retains the tooling from it's manufacture on the inside surface, once complete the bowl was treated with a...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 30, 2013

Small Garden / Border Rake

Started to turn all the rake heads, i made the other day into fully fledged garden rakes earlier today. I'm making a couple of different styles, there is the one pictured,  where the head is secured to the handle via a round mortice & tenon j...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 29, 2013

Willow Bowl

Finished today, one Willow Bowl and i just don't like it, i have no idea what was going through my mind when i chose to sand it inside and out, but having spent ages sanding the thing down and going down through all those grits, yep, i decided it was...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 29, 2013

Rake Heads

Spent a few hours today making some small traditional style rake heads, all of these are destined to be made into small border style rakes, rather than full on traditional style Hay Rakes. The heads & tines are all made from Ash, the tines bei...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 26, 2013

Sycamore Cup

Got the Sycamore Kuksa/cup i started the other day finished off today. The cup features a tooled exterior finish and a smooth interior surface, to finish it off the cup was given a liberal coat of tung oil, to not only seal and protect the wood, b...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 26, 2013

Sycamore Cup

Made a start on a new wooden cup this afternoon, so far i have about an hour and a half invested in it.  It's carved from a piece of green Sycamore and was roughed out using an axe and knife for the exterior and a small gouge and Mora spoon knife...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 20, 2013

Willow Bowl

Made a start on another bowl earlier today, this time from Willow, as you can see from the photo, it's still very much in the rough and very thick in places, although it's in it's infancy.  I can already start to see the finished bowl in my minds...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 18, 2013

Sycamore Bowl

Latest Sycamore Bowl, quite a deep one this time, the inner section of the bowl currently sits at just over three inches deep, but i think by the time the bowl has been finished, the actual bowl depth will be closer to four inches, as there is still...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 17, 2013

Hazel Buck Saw

I made this back in August last year and much to my surprise considering the abuse it's had this winter, it's survived and is still as strong as the day i made it. I've used the saw on a regular basis when sorting out fresh cut and indeed, seasoned t...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 15, 2013

Long Bowl / Tray

Finished off another bowl / tray today, this one per the others i have made recently is from a nice piece of Sycamore, although, this came from a large branch rather than a section of the main trunk as the others did. The bowl/tray is a little ove...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 14, 2013

Sycamore Kuksa / Kasa - Finished At Last

As my day was totally screwed by the atrocious weather, i figured i would make the best of a bad job and spend some time reworking the Kuksa ive been making. I had originally sanded the exterior surface down and well, i didn't like it, so this aft...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 12, 2013

Sycamore Bowl

Per the post about the Sycamore Kuksa i finished off today, i also got the small Sycamore drinking bowl i was making finished as well. I still have some work to do to finish of the interior surface of the bowl, but the outside is more or less fini...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 12, 2013


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