Yesterday I went to Forest School Skills Day, at Manor Farm, organised by Nottingham and Leicester Forest Education Network. The workshops I took part in were Spoon Making, Working with Hazel and Wonder of Trees.
In the spoon making workshop we started carving our own spoons and got to try out a variety of hook knives and other tools.
Working with Hazel
We learnt how to select suitable hazel rods and use a riving post to split them. We were show how to weave and twist the split rods to build a hurdle in a traditional pattern. Whilst the concept was easy to grasp it was obvious it would take many hundreds of hours of practice to become competent, let alone proficient, at building hurdles in this way.
The Wonder of Trees
During this workshop we learned about the different types of lichen that grow on trees and how they can be used as an indicator of air quality in the local area. We took part in an OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) survey recording the lichen on trees and tar spots on Sycamore leaves on the site.