1 July 2012
|There are roughly 300 strips of material in a rag
Someone has to chop up perfectly good material into 2" x 12" strips - lots of them!
In this case it's Marian, Lynda and Claudia with the pinking shears
|Then the strips are placed into heaps and selected for
pinning and sewing layer-by-layer.
Pinning the strips "randomly" is a highly skilled job that takes years of practice - Colin demonstrates.
|The sticks had been coppiced, seasoned and cut to length
Chris D brought a new tool to the stick-making job - an angle-grinder fitted with a flapper-wheel.
Not exactly traditional but it gets the ends finished quickly!
|Then the knots and bark are removed with spokeshaves.
Lawre gets stuck into this task.
|Joe seems to be enjoying Anns handiwork
|Ali gives a stick a final rub down.
|Ali, Lawre, Tony and Chris D getting on with it.
The pile of sticks by the wall growing steadily