Ash tree...

12 October 2015, Sustainability and the environment, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve been helping thin out a local woodland, which has become far too overgrown. Quite a few of the trees are tangled together, including this larger ash. In fact this particular one had to be felled, since it was smothering a smaller elm…

The above photo shows the main trunk, after all the branches had been removed. This took a lot of work, since there was a plenty of wood to deal with – it’s surprising how big a tree becomes, when it is lying on the ground! The timber was certainly dense, with a hint of ripple too. The natural edge ash bowl featured on my website came from the same woodland, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

The end of the main trunk forks in two. This will allow for some interesting grain patterns, if sliced through the center…

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Some very useful bi-products – a pile of ash firewood and branches for a local green woodworker…

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Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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