Plenty of firewood here!

26 February 2012, Sustainability and the environment, Would you like to leave a comment?

Collecting timber is a big part of my work, but this is slightly more challenging! I was approached last week by a friend who needs some help thinning out her woodland. Although there are some larger ash and sycamore trees, the majority are oaks which were planted in the mid ‘80s and have not been tended to since.

I love working outdoors and projects like this always seem so rewarding. As you can see from the photo, it’s quite a mess in there and there’s lots of work to be done. Most of the extracted timber will be going for firewood (I can take what I want for free!) although I’m convinced I’ll find the odd silver birch or two in there which are covered in burrs!


This is how it looks after the first few hours. The lines of oak trees are quite visible, with some doing much better than others. The pile of brambles and brash is far bigger than the pile of firewood – these will need to be cut back before going much further. It seems a shame to cut down the silver birch trees which are so much bigger than the oaks. However, there is no timber value in these, so they need to be removed.

The next task will be extracting the wood I want to keep (or burn!). I’d prefer to leave it in stacks on site, but this may be too tempting for some. This is definitely an ongoing project – I’ll post more photos as things progress.

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

Leave a comment

Post comment

Featured work

Hand, made, rustic, natural, edge, yew, wooden, bowl

Posts by month