Tuesday, June 14 2016

Magnet Fishing

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A few years ago, I salvaged a collection of small but powerful rare earth magnets from old computer hard drives.

They've been sat there (well, actually stuck to a bit of shelving), waiting to be used for something.  OK - let's go Magnet Fishing!

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Saturday, May 28 2016

Making A Koncovka (Slovak Wooden Flute)

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I fancy making a musical instrument. Trouble is, I'm no musician (well, I can play the harmonica and pan flute to a mediocre level).

So I was looking for something that requires a bit of intuition, rather than dexterity in the playing. The Koncovka seems to fit the bill exactly - read on to find out why...

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Sunday, April 17 2016

Sliced Tree Bowl

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This is a project based on a woodworking technique that I discovered (or maybe invented!) completely by accident.

It's a wooden bowl made from slices of tree trunk - the clever part is that nature provides the curvature...

 

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Monday, November 9 2015

Wood Blewits

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Here's an interesting thing - Blewits are supposedly quite a common woodland mushroom - and I spend a fair bit of my foraging time in woodland - these should have been one of the first mushrooms I wrote about, but despite looking, I never managed to find them, until now.

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Sunday, November 8 2015

White Helvella

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Early autumn was quite dry this year and many of the earlier fungi species weren't very abundant - but now, late autumn has turned very wet - and some of the later species are springing up in huge numbers.

I found a lot of white Helvellas on the green outside my house - but in the end, I decided against picking and eating them - read on to find out why...

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Saturday, October 31 2015

Hedgehog Mushrooms

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We took a Saturday morning walk in the woods near Rufus Stone in the New Forest and returned home with a basket full of delicious Hedgehog Mushrooms

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Sunday, September 20 2015

Blackberry Jelly Tart

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Here's a recipe for a delicious tart with the intense and aromatic flavour of blackberries, but none of those annoying pips

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Friday, August 28 2015

Mussels

mussels2thumb.jpgDuring a short coastal break in Cornwall, I found many of my favourite and familiar wild foods - including some lovely mussels.

NB: This article contains an important addendum about safety.  Please read in full before doing any of the things described here.

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Wednesday, August 19 2015

Greengages

greengages5.jpgA bit of urban foraging right outside my workplace - I found a greengage tree.

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Sunday, July 26 2015

Making A Wooden Whistle

DSCF0951thumb.JPGThis was a quick Saturday morning project to do something that's been on my To Do list for years and years - try to make a wooden whistle completely from scratch.

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