contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a number of
articles on Rustic Carpentry contributed by various authors to
work - one of the journals it is my fortune to edit.
Readers who may desire
additional information respecting
details of the matters dealt with in this Handbook, or
instructions on kindred subjects, should address a question to
the Editor of Work, La Belle Sauvage, London, E C., so that it
answered in the columns of that journal.
carpentry does not demand great skill in woodworking, but it
does require a large amount of artistic perception.
needed are but few, and the materials employed are comparatively
cheap, although in many districts they are becoming dearer every
It may be
said that any articles made from the now popular bamboo may be
made quite as effectively in light rustic work.
light rustic work, sticks of hazel, cherry, yew, blackthorn,
birch, larch, fir, and the prunings of many varieties of
shrubs may be used; but it is necessary that the material
should be cut at the proper season, and thoroughly dried
before being worked up.
sticks should be cut in mid-winter, as at that time the sap
is at rest; if cut in the summer time the bark will peel
off. If peeled sticks are required, they should be cut in
the spring, when the sap is rising, as at that time the rind
will come off easily.
districts the copses are cleared of undergrowth periodically,
and the sticks (generally hazel) sold to hurdle and spar makers.
A selection of these sticks would be very suitable for the
purpose here described.
Paul N. Hasluck
La Belle Sauvage
London, E. C.