Dressing Coppice Stools.
Sunrise: 05. 34 Sunset: 08.38
I spent this afternoon dressing coppice stools.
The area I worked was a tangled mess of overgrown coppice at the start of this year, when we began cutting. I wanted the willows cut and stacked, the brash burnt as soon as possible, and I would return to dress the stools later. Today was the day, but I have to say that I had not planned the work.
At the beginning of the year, the willow trunks that spread from the stools in every direction, were cut 2 and 5 feet above the ground. Today I trimmed these, with my little bow saw, as close as I could to the ground. There is still a little dressing to do, but I need a larger bow saw to do it.
If I had arrived on the marsh properly prepared, I would have had all the necessary tools I with me. The truth is that I had only my small saw and a long-handled lopper in my rucksack; I expected to be doing different job, but changed my mind at the last-minute.
To do the coppice stool dressing job properly, I should have a larger bow saw, a silkie, and a small axe to wedge open saw cuts when the saw blade binds. It took me a little longer, but it was a good workout. Another hour or two should see the job finished.
I shot these images with my iPhone camera. I had left my dslr memory card in my computer; a cardinal sin for any amateur photographer. I guess you could say that everything about today was unprepared. Never mind! It works out right in the end.
The first image is of the largest stool. It’s crown shaded a ground diameter of roughly 18 metres.
The other two images show front and rear views of the site.