Books

Some of the sites we work at have been the subject of books, while more general titles provide plenty of background on the hows and whys of conservation.

If you would like to suggest a book, map or website for this list please contact Merlin ([email protected])


Trees & Woodland in the British Landscape: The Complete History of Britain's Trees, Woods & Hedgerows.
Oliver Rackham  Phoenix Press ISBN 9781842124697

Hayley Wood: Its History and Ecology

Oliver Rackham

Brampton Wood: A Natural History
Huntingdon Flora and Fauna Society ISBN 9780951442739

Green Woodwork
  Mike Abbott.
This book contains plans for making a pole lathe and shave horse aswell
as practical details about other tools, types of wood, and their use to
make a variety of products including chairs, spoons and bowls.

Living Wood
  Mike Abbott.
An update of his previous book containing improved designs for pole lathe
and shave horse based on experience since publishing his first book with
autobiographic details.

Traditional Woodland Crafts,
  Ray Tabor.
This book describes practical coppice working and the use of the produce,
cleaving wood, making hurdles, besom brooms and tent pegs.

The Complete Practical Book of Country Crafts
  Jack Hill.
Contains descriptions of many long forgotten crafts in addition to the
woodland crafts.  Brief description of tools, shave horse, steamers and
jigs for bending wood.  Woodland crafts described include making hurdles,
sticks, chairs, rakes and besoms.

Woodland Crafts in Britain
  H.L. Edlin.
First published in 1948, contains detailed descriptions with photographs
of the last traditional woodland workers and their crafts.  Chapters mostly
based around tree species including Ash, Birch, Chestnut, Beech, Hazel,
Willow, Elm and Oak and the crafts associated with each of them.

The Wooden Bowl
  Robin Wood.
Contains information on the history of wooden bowls and bowl turning, with
pictures describing bowl turning on a pole lathe.  Looks like a coffee
table book but contains a lot of useful detail.

Also, the most recent
BTCV Woodlands Handbook 3rd edition, Elizabeth Agate,
has been extended to include sections on Green woodworking and charcoal making.