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marcros

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Is anybody using hazel for projects? I am interested in seeing some inspiration particularly for where it is being used for its qualities, not being used for the sake of it.

We have a ready supply of coppiced wood, at least for my small number of projects. It ranges up to a couple of inches in diameter, although it could be left to grow bigger. It is currently growing, but could be cut now for use in a couple of years.

I like the idea that it is sustainable and in theory I could plant enough in my own garden to harvest in my own lifetime. In the meantime, I can grab some from my parents place.

I have seen this from Sebastian Cox which is a starting point for discussion. Traditional Hewn Trestle Table with Table Top | Sebastian Cox
 

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I don't use it for projects, but do have one tree that I coppice. I use the sticks in the garden for supporting plants, which makes it look nicely rural.
 

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I have a Hazel in the garden. Some of the shoots are being trained for making walking sticks. People always seem to like them as gifts.
 

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I have a Hazel in the garden. Some of the shoots are being trained for making walking sticks. People always seem to like them as gifts.
how long will a stick length take to grow- 3-4 years? do you twist anything around the sticks as they grow, I remember watching something on YouTube about stick making.
 

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@marcros hazel copicing is usually a 7 year cycle and they are a good 10' and an inch thick at least by then
 

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Isn’t that two with a table top?
I went to an art gallery a few months back. they had a painting there which used about a tenners worth of paint and a canvas that I could have got from The Works for another tenner. They wanted to charge hundreds for it, ridiculous.

whilst it may not be to everybody's taste and isnt necessarily to mine, Sen Cox is an up and coming designer and some of his items are (in my opinion) excellent. We shouldn't be reducing the value of any woodwork to the cost of materials within it, whether that be somebody on the forum or a business. The items are worth what somebody will pay for them. Woodworkers with the skills and means to make similar items are not the target market!
 

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how long will a stick length take to grow- 3-4 years? do you twist anything around the sticks as they grow, I remember watching something on YouTube about stick making.
A couple of years is good for them to be the right size.
I have twisted a couple of shoots together to get an interesting shape.
Also prune them to get a lump on one end for a handle.
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