21 October 2016







The Basecamp Toolstore...A Photo Essay.




In early September we held a green woodworking holiday, using traditional techniques to build a new Basecamp toolstore. This is that story...




 Removing the old shipping container…careful not to take the toilet block out while you’re at it…
 …or the small dog…!

Sayonara shipping container! You have served us well but we need an upgrade





OK, let’s cover all the surfaces. Things are about to get serious





“Here’s one I made earlier”…Our woodland Ranger, and Project Manager – Richard, briefing the troops, with the woodstore built on a previous holiday as an example.





Hmmm, that’s a lot of wood. A few daunted looking faces there…





Let’s get to it! This toolstore ain’t gonna build itself…

Especially if the boss is sitting down on the job.


Measure twice, cut once, as they say…We had to get measurements spot on to make sure everything would fit together perfectly


…But preferably not your own fingers – Eyes down Gary!


Show him how it’s done Jane! Textbook sawing...


Second-in-command Claire overseeing a measurement. Any errors meant holidaymakers were put on half-rations…


Concentrating hard on getting that jowl post right…at least the sun’s shining


An industrious scene, little changed from the Middle Ages…


Another timeless technique – here’s Tony making the wooden pegs for the frame. These were traditionally used to avoid costly iron nails (a tradition kept alive by National trust budgets).


…And relax…


Making sure the frame fits together…with a little gentle persuasion from Mr Sledgehammer.


Ged the dog overseeing on-site assembly.


Lots of fun was had putting the frame together…


Watch out for that car window! I don’t think my insurance covers oak-framed timber buildings.


The finished frame, and a happy bunch of campers…


But the toolstore wasn’t finished no siree…Richard and Claire came back with regular volunteers John and Ian to carry on with the roof and cladding


Hard at work to get it finished (most of us)


Gadzooks! Almost finished and looking great…Just needs a roof and a door and she’s good to go…come back soon guys!!

TO BE CONTINUED.....



















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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