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.
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.