As many of you know I earn my living from working wood in one form or another. Since 1998 though (when I was at agricultural college) I have also laid hedges.
Hedgelaying is a mainly U.K. craft by which the hedgerow bush is cut part way through using a technique known as pleaching this allows the stem to bend and for it to be laid at an angle to make a living stock proof barrier.
For many years 50-70% of my winter income was made up from hedgelaying work. Now I do very little commercial work I still cut hedges every winter though. This year I have about 350metres to do on our holding at home.
I started this yesterday and the photos show the first mornings results. I laid about 40metres yesterday until my chainsaw decided it had, had enough. (I must order a Makita cordless one)
If anyone is interested in the craft of hedgelaying I will do a blog series on it.
Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.
- Part 3: A little glimpse into my shop, especially for Jack.
- Part 4: Introducing a new craft.