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Post by Chilli-head on 4th February 2019, 3:21 pm

In the woods I pass through sometimes on my wanderings, I often use this path, down an avenue of hornbeam trees, long lost among the wood. It must have been planted with a purpose.  I presume it once related to the nearby big house, but I can't figure where it went, or when it was in use.  It has a very enjoyable "secret" feel to it.
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Post by Dandelion on 6th February 2019, 2:21 pm

It's beautiful, and also very mysterious!

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Post by Ploshkin on 13th February 2019, 2:46 pm

That's lovely - is hornbeam wood good for anything? It sounds as if it should be.
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Post by Chilli-head on 14th February 2019, 11:43 am

Hornbeam is great for toolmaking. Dense and hard wearing. Used to be used for wooden plane soles on German planes. It turns nicely when green, I've used it to make chisel handles, and a mug tree:

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This particular wood is a nature reserve now, so I don't think I can help myself ...
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Post by FloBear on 15th February 2019, 5:00 pm

What a lovely mug tree, CH. I like the colour of the wood very much.
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