Thursday, August 4 2016

Upcycled Foraging Knife

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I wanted to make a one-off little knife to use when I go foraging for mushrooms.  I made this one out of cheap junk.

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Tuesday, July 26 2016

Floating Wick Oil Lamp

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Here's a really quick and simple way to make a floating-wick oil lamp, using materials that can be easily found anywhere

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Rosebay Willowherb

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Rosebay Willowherb is a common plant of roadsides and riverbanks which has edible roots, stems and flowers.

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Friday, July 15 2016

Bilberries - And The Test Run Of The Berry Picker

bilberriesthumb.JPGAn outing to The Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead, Surrey, for a picnic lunch and a spot of berry picking. Bilberries are found in abundance here, and this trip has become an annual fixture for us.

This article originally written on June 29 2012 - Revisited Summer 2016 - with video.

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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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