nurturing a wood culture, growing a future

The New Sylva first editorial meeting

Although it is two years until The New Sylva will be published by Bloomsbury, supported by the Sylva Foundation, planning is now well underway. Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Sylva’s Artist in Residence)  met recently with Bloomsbury editors, Richard Atkinson and Natalie Hunt. Book length has now been decided (over 400 pages), the timetable…

Fungal cord fieldwork

Dr Gabriel Hemery donned his full waterproofs earlier this week to get stuck in to some fungal fieldwork with Sylva Scholar Kirsty Monk in Wytham woods. This was part of an experiment to study the distributions of cord-forming fungi at 20m and 2.5m scales. Results of this experiment will help uncover some of the factors…

OneOak tree in its own image

Terry Hardaker, artist and woodcarver, has started work on a relief carving on the OneOak tree made from the tree’s own wood. Terry is carving an image some 48 x 60cm in size, weighing 11 kilos, from one of the offcuts from a longer board used by a furniture maker. Terry works with traditional woodcarvers’…