Tree-ditions last day in Edinburgh city centre as part of the East Lothian wish you were there event. Saturday 1st thing we got a wee fire going and put out all the tools and timber. Even during the festival the city was quiet early in the morning except for a couple of people sitting at the beach which had been brought up from East Lothian too.
A cup of coffee and bacon roll then the work began in earnest.
Loads of people came and went over the day with loads trying out the shave horse and pole lathe, they just love it. This I can understand totally! There were a few folk having a go at splitting wood with one who showed particular tenasity with a large gnarly piece of ash. With bags of enegy and determination she got it split. Well done Jennifer!
A lot of family interaction with these lads, between them they were all over the tools and showing a real flair for green woodworking. Well done Yan, Alex and Dad
As well as traditional woodland skills being used we were joined by a friends son who entertained us with traditional music. He played for a while and ended with a rather cool tune from Sweden (If I remember right) he had learned on a recent European tour. Thanks Lewis
Meanwhile I waffled on explaining the rudiments and teaching the skills traditionally used to make day to day stuff and how to survive or even live in harmony with the woods.
So there you have it, a wee snapshot of the last day of a week spent in the city centre of Edinburgh during the numerous festivals that are on, doing Bushcraft and green woodworking with the toonies and tourists.
Hi there, I'm Dave the owner of Tree-ditions. A friend of mine told me that the website was looking good (I was pleased, not bad for a non techy). He then went on to tell me that my blog was rubbish, this raised question marks in my head until he told me that I had this spot on my website! AAH I said, he then went on to tell me that I need to write stuff in it and that I need to do this regularly in order to keep you interested.
So here I am writing stuff for you, I only hope I can make it interesting too.
here at Tree-ditions were building a woodland crafts school where you can come and learn the ways of the woods in a fun and leasurely way. We run green woodworking and bushcraft courses as well as carrying out many other functions related to the outdoors. We build mountain bike tracks, pump tracks, dry stone dykes, carry out landscaping both hard and soft, create bespoke buildings from traditional American scribed log cabins to garden bothies to name a few things. Though I expect you know this by now if you've looked at the website.
Ok so now that I've started this blog I'll tell you what were up to at the mo, East Lothian cooncil are holding an event in Edinburgh's St Andrews Sq. Here there are a number of businesses showing their wares to the international visitors and locals alike to show off the delights of East Lothian and I can tell you there are many. Including the Woods we operate out of, we have the most magnificant view over the region, you can see one of the shots on the facebook page. In the toon we have set up a mini camp to let people see what were about, come along and say hello were there until Saturday 10th. Today we were packed out with families learning to blow a tinder pile to flame, we started off with 8 then they flocked to the camp clammering to set fire to stuff, it was great all these wee faces delighted with themselves with their acheivements, the adults did well too.
We demonstated using green woodworking tools using a shave horse with a drawknife and pole lathe with gouges and chisels and made a wee stool. We demonstrated splitting wood and got some help from people watchingI was knackered by the end of it. Thursday we will do more of the same and try and squeeze in a knife skills session too! Friday with time permitting I'll make a few bow drill sets and you can give fire by friction a go!
My friend also told me to add photos, I will I promise......when I get some! I'll get some tomorrow and put them up at the weekend, see I'm going to do it regularly (that's what I said about the facebook page, my eldest daughter told me to so this I will do).
In the meantime get in touch and make suggestions for courses you might be interested in were keen to develop them further.
Oh I'll also get round to putting up more detail to the course contents on the website as well as do my job, spend time with the family, do my books, download photos, clean the house!! build the camp, run the daughter around, speak to the wife, tidy the workshop, go to meetings, finish painting the windows, clear the yard, manage the woods......................
I love the outdoors the natural history, I love being close to nature in all it's diversity, from repairing an old dyke on a hillside and seeing the life which lives in there to skinning a deer to cook in a ground oven in the woods.