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Skills register

Anything to do with SWOG Membership, meetings and find people with skills to offer

Postby tracy » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:59 pm

As many have asked for a skills register, here it is ;-)

Please post in here your special area of experience, enjoyment, expertise or interests.

It could be jam making, fungi ID, edible plants, google searches... anything really

Don\'t be shy, you never know what you can do that will be invaluable to others!!!

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Postby tracy » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:01 pm

I guess since I have started it, I should offer something.... I think I can offer contacts. With my work with and with WoodNet I am getting to know a variety of people.... or at least people who know people.

So, if you need something from someone, chances are I can find what you need. Oh, and I have the time to look!


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Postby mikepepler » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:18 am

I can offer advice, though only based on a year\'s experience - but perhaps you can learn from our mistakes as well as the things that went right! Topics include:

- coppicing

- chainsaw use and tree felling

- helpful woodland tools

- track repair

- building stoves/fires for cooking in the wood (I know a bit more about this one).


My blog:
My YouTube channel:
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Postby GervaisSawyer » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:44 pm

I am a retired wood scientist and can give advice on most thigs to do with wood production and utilisation. I may not always have the answer but can usually put you in touch with somebody who can. My specialisms are in saw doctoring, preservation, wood identification. However, I am insatiably curious and enjoy new challenges. (Sounds like a job application doesn\'t it!)


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Postby tracy » Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:58 am

Welcome Gervais, lovely to see you here! Hope you can come along to our meeting on the 19th July.

Mike and I think we will try making charcoal in our oil drums today - as long as the wind is not blowing towards the houses from the wood!

Thanks for you advice on how to do it. We will let you all know how we get on


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Postby Darren » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:22 pm

While we are on the topic of oil drums, where can I get some?

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Postby tracy » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:04 pm

We got ours from a local farmer....

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Postby DavidPlummer » Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:55 pm

Hi all

Just registering myself as possibly able to offer advice on wildlife especially birds, badgers, butterflies and areas of wildlife photography as that is my day job. Take a look at to see the sort of thing I do. Kind regards dp

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Postby Chris » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:10 am

We are woodland managers and do all aspects of looking after woodland including fencing etc. as a job. We are down as a contractor, Wesnet Services Ltd. on the Woodlands website. We have our own wood in Hampshire, and have been trying to run courses on a number of subjects including tree identification and uses, flora identification, and basic woodland management. We hope to add woodland archaeology, and a few others as time goes on. We also do displays of green woodworking and pole lathe turning, and talks on woodlands.

We have done flora surveys of our own wood and helped or carried out surveys on a couple of others in our woodland complex, as well as knowing where to find a few interesting plants we have seen in our management.

Can offer advise on the forum as normal woodland owners on most of these topics. Hope this is of some use.

Chris W

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Postby bob » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:12 am

Hi, like Chris above we are also woodland managers but based down in North Cornwall and can offer advice on many aspects of woodland management and development. Possibly more usefully though, we speacialise in the design and construction of bespoke dry composting toilets and have built many, mainly in woodlands, sooner or later most people get fed up of doing the walk of shame with a spade! Alongside this we work with most types of timber buildings from woodsheds to cabins and are more than happy to offer free advice to forum users.


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