Axe hewing is an ancient medieval art of transforming a tree trunk into a square beam, generally used for timber framing. It is a labour intensive process, but when skillfully done, produces the most beautiful finish to the wood. When I have demonstrated this skill, people generally marvel at how such a flat surface can be achieved using sight, mark lines and an axe. Whilst using mechanical means produces timbers quickly, there is great satisfaction in using hand tools to create something of such historical importance in building timber structures.
I attend and demonstrate at many shows around the UK. These include The European Wood Show at Cressing Temple Barns, Woodfest at Hatfield Forest, Weird and Wonderful at Haughley Park in Suffolk, the Ancient craft show at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Wimpole Hall in Cambridge (which celebrated the ongoing renovation of the folly) and Epping Forest Green Burial Park.
I also regularly attend the International and much acclaimed Magma Fine Woodworking show in which I am part of the International Demonstrating Team. This brings together some of the most skilled and elite wood craftsmen from all over the world.
Demonstrations are always carried out under strict health and safety considerations, whilst still allowing all viewers to see the methods and axes used in the hewing process. The demonstration includes technical explanations, a demonstration of types of axes and their applications, a little bit of history and always humour!. I have been asked to run public courses in axe hewing and I will be doing this in the near future.
I am available for demonstrations nationally and internationally so if you operate a wood or craft show and would like something completely different, please do not hesitate to contact me for availability and cost.