Bender Trial

I finally have enough straight Hazel and Rowan rods gathered to try out the bender build. I marked the size of the structure back in Feb by the simple expedient of drawing a circle in the snow with a walking stick held at arm’s length. This gave me a circle approximately 3 metres across which…

Gathering Wood

¬†Lovely long rods for building a Bender… Watch this space!

Blaeberry Mead step 2

Straining off the must ¬†Fermentation is properly under way and I have strained the the juice out of the berries. It’s smelling good, looking good and bubbling through the airlock convincingly… First ferment with airlock

Blaeberry Mead

Fermentation slowly begins…Perhaps the wild yeast is shy? I will be patient, wait and watch, keep it warm and stir regularly.

Gathering Blaeberries

Testing birch polypore plaster ¬†Interesting to see how the polypore stood up to being worn in bed over night, wetted with blaeberry juice, scraped by heather twigs and generally coping with rough usage while I was out wild gathering. It’s looking a little ragged and has lost some of its width, but its still covering…

Fine Art Foraging

Expanding on my exploration of primitive ways, a new aspect of my art practice this term is foraging. As I found last year, it’s the Process that is the Art, any object is just evidence of the Work. My plan is to make a Blaeberry mead, using wild yeast off the berries to start the…

Fragile Fabric

Fragility Elderberry cordial My jeans are fragile after lots of wild-food gathering this autumn. Scrambling through brambles and heather is tough on fragile old fabric! The layers of erosion and repair in my jeans make me think of the soil ecosystem: leaf litter building up is like the layers of patch and stitch, but without…