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A day for everyone to get close to wood at Chedham’s Yard with Stephen, one of our volunteers. We will have examples of different woods and you can find out why each species of wood was selected above others for a particular task. You can delve into the folk-lore and aesthetics of wood.
We will also have wood turning demonstrations by Heart of England Wood Turners and Wood Carving with Coventry Wood Carvers.
Wood turning was an important part of wheel making. The hubs were roughly cut to shape from the tree trunk using an adze, an axe type tool, and then mounted in the lathe to make them cylindrical. Until the advent of the steam engine and the internal combustion engine, the lathes were powered either by water wheel, treadle or horse.
At Chedham’s, treadle power was used and the remains of the treadle machine are still in the workshop.
Tools made of wood will be on display as well as children’s toys. Guided tours, the mouse trail, films and refreshments in the café along with gifts / souvenirs will also be available.