Community Projects add value in so many ways. Not only do they enhance a community space, but they help create better communities by bringing people together to offer their skills and time to a joint venture, that benefits all.
If you would like to help with projects like this in the future, please contact me, detailing your green woodworking experience.
A 6-day Seating Project for the Community Orchard at Ham Woods. Using some money left over from a Peter Randal-Page sculpture commission, the Friends of Ham Woods asked for proposals for some seating for their recently planted orchard.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been making a bench with the Whitleigh community. We used a lovely large piece of sweet chestnut which we managed to get our 7 uprights out of and a piece of sweet chestnut slab for the seat. They are back at the workshop now to dry and some of the members of the community will be joining us at the workshop in a couple of months to perfect the pieces. Here is the stage of the project.
The cleaving and shaping of components took place in the Rotherfold Square over the summer holidays of 2015, with assembly taking place in my workshop. The bench was then disassembled and installation took place in the square in November.
A five-day project to make a bench for the community orchard. It took place during the winter of 2014 -15. The project involved a core group of six people, with addition support during the ceremonial cleaving of the oak during apple day, and installation which coincided with the annual wassail.
Completed in May 2014. The building of two benches to commemorate the loss of life of the Bedford boys who were stationed at MacAndrews Field in Ivybridge, prior to the D-Day landings. The project was completed by many students and volunteers on other community projects that I have worked with over the years. Approximately 1200 volunteer hourse went in to making these benches.