Ash Project

The following extracts showcase some of the pieces created for Rob's latest book ‘The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees’. More will be added in due course...

HILLERICH & BRADSBY

HILLERICH & BRADSBY
Rob visits a sawmill in Pennsylvania owned by the famous baseball bat manufacturer, Hillerich & Bradsby.

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Tom Mareschall

Tom Mareschall
‘Ash has many qualities that make it ideal for arrow shafts, but the fact that it grows almost everywhere and it grows like mad has to be significant’

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Phill Gregson

Phill Gregson
Phill Gregson is one of the last wheelwrights in Britain. I took Phill several planks of sawn timber from my tree. In return, he showed me how you make a wooden wheel.

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Robin Wood

Robin Wood
Walking into Robin’s workshop was like stepping back into the Middle Ages. Piles of wood were strewn on the floor. There were wooden stools, clubs and various tools I could not identify

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Andy Dix

Andy Dix
Andy Dix is a furniture maker based in Hay-on-Wye. He made a writer’s desk for me, from my ash.

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Gasser Rodel

Gasser Rodel
I took a piece of my ash tree to Gasser Rodel in Austria, to be made into a toboggan. The following extract is taken from the chapter ‘I See You Baby, Shakin’ That Ash’

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Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy
In this extract from ‘The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees’, Frank explains to Rob how you select a good ash tree for making hurleys.

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