Green Wood Companion – Contents
1. The remarkable tree
An introduction to the most friendly and useful organisms growing on our planet; how they work and how they sustain all living things.
2. The fall and rise of woodland crafts
How woodland management sustained the local community and country for centuries, and the future of woodland crafts in 21st century.
3. British woodland tree species
Native trees listed in order of their establishment in Britain after the recession of the last ice age
A list of our native understory shrub population
Naturalised trees introduced after the formation of the English Channel, and their country of origin
4. The characteristics of broadleaf and conifer trees
How to differentiate between these two types of tree.
5. Wood characteristics by species
General information on the most commonly used trees in Britain.
6. The properties of wood by species
Defining the abilities of each species with regard to: tendency to warp during seasoning; bendability; toughness; decay resistance; ability to cope underwater; odour and taste; cleaving/riving qualities; average air-drying time; average annual tree girth increase;verage life expectancy
7. Coppicing – from trees to workable wood
Coppicing, the coppicing cycle and end products derived from it.
8. A rough guide to measuring trees
Basic methods of measuring standing trees to determine their age, height and diameter.
9. Traditional common uses for wood by species
Extensive quick reference tables, detailing the staggering number of traditional applications from each tree species.
10. Traditional common uses of wood by application
A – Z of wooden products, and the best wood species traditionally used to make them.
11. Tool finder
Invaluable guide to finding the suppliers for specialised tools and specific brands.
12. Tool suppliers
Contact details for specialist suppliers, including suppliers of secondhand tools.
13. Tool blades and sharpening angles
Edge tool materials, bevels, and choice of angles explained with a quick reference table at the end.
14. The axe and the knife
Traditional names for the various parts of our two most iconic and useful tools.
15. Green Woodworking – A fusion of mind, body and spirit
Understanding the merits of working with unseasoned wood and the lifestyle associated with it.
16. The bodgers of the woodlands
The facts about these craftspeople, and how the Windsor chair was actually made.
17. The shaving horse and pole lathe
General historical information on these two icons of design.
18. Wood burning
Burning wood as a heat source explained, from felling to storing and burning, including the best and worst wood to burn for heat, by species.
19. Wood burning stoves for workshops and small spaces
Suppliers of these specialist stoves.
20. Twenty useful things to do with wood ash
Really useful applications for what is generally considered a waste product.
21. Charcoal burning – An ancient craft with a promising future
From its historic origins to the present day.
22. The hedgerows of Britain
A brief history of the British hedgerow and the trees and shrubs contained within them.
23. The hedgerow superstore
Traditional culinary, medical and domestic uses of hedgerow trees and shrubs.
24. Hedgerow liqueurs
Tempting spirit-based alternatives to traditional hedgerow wine.
25. A natural woodland palette
Dye colours derived from tree parts.
26. Tree folklore and myth
Fascinating collection of international folklore and myths surrounding our mysterious and revered tree species.
27. Celtic tree astrology
The trees assigned to the lunar months, tree Ogham alphabet and symbolic meaning of tree species.
28. The etymology of wood-related sayings
Revealing selection of explanations for some of our most common wood-related sayings.
29. Woodland associations and organisations
A very helpful listing of the many organisations actively involved in preserving and enhancing our woodland heritage.
30. Acronyms of the woodland industry
Associations and commonly-used terms.
31. Compendium of terms for tools, woodlands and crafts
The most comprehensive collection of words traditionally associated with tools, woodland management, timber processing and woodland crafts.
32. Recommended Reading
Large selection of useful, specialised publications on related subjects.