Saturday, 30 January 2010

Winter Woodland Workshop Work

This winter we've been building a larger dining shelter for the coming year's courses, which involved Adam doing some fairly heroic tree climbing to get some of the support structure installed. The photos show why I was very happy to leave that one to the experts. 


And, as if this were not enough high level work, as soon as he was safely down on the ground he was then climbing the tipi to help install the new flue. This has made a huge difference and we now have a lovely hot tipi wood burner with no smoke, all ready for winter dining when it is just too cold to eat in the outside dining shelter. Luxury! 

Friday, 29 January 2010

Mastercrafts - The Book

As you might expect, there's also a new book being published to accompany the 'Mastercrafts' series, which will be launched on 12th February as well.

One of the book's six chapters is devoted to wood and our woodland workshop and if you would like to pre-order it, it can be bought directly here (and at a £5.00 discount too!):

BBC Mastercrafts with Monty Don

The new TV series 'Mastercrafts', which includes an episode filmed in the Woodland Workshop, hits the screens on the 12th February ... and that's awfully soon! The programme is presented by Monty Don and is being shown on BBC2.

It seems like just yesterday that the film crew and trainees featured in the series were here, but since then the production company (Ricochet Productions) and the BBC have been busy getting everything edited and ready for viewing. What's more, according to the BBC, "Wood" (our episode), will be the 1st in the series to be aired - at 21.00 on Friday 12th Feb on BBC2.

We don't want to spoil the surprise so we're keeping tight-lipped about the goings on in the woods but you can see an interview with Monty Don on the BBC website here:

and you can read about it here: