Archive for December, 2010
While most of the nation has been stuck indoors thanks to the recent snow, Woodlore customer Garry Dutfield headed out onto the North Yorkshire Moors for a spot of camping, and even took his cross-country skis along for the journey.
After using a Hilleberg tent for his trip, he kindly sent in the following review and photos:
About 18 months ago I started looking for a new lightweight, 1-man tent. After many many hours of research and looking at every tent manufacturer I could find, I decided upon the Akto Tent made by Hilleberg – not the lightest, but the only one that was a four season tent. The last thing you want is it blowing down in a gale when in the mountains…
Although it has a hefty price tag I decided it would be the one to go for; I purchased it from yourselves as you offered it at the best price. I’ve used it 3 or 4 times, but never in the winter until last week, where I went to the North Yorkshire Moors. It was used for two nights while we did a cross-country ski tour across the Moors. It performed brilliantly in temperatures of minus 10 degrees centigrade and blizzard conditions – I must say what a fantastic tent in the winter.
I’ve enclosed some photos and would recommend this tent to anyone looking for a 3/4 season tent. Well done Hilleberg, fantastic quality. 5 stars.
The Gransfors Ray Mears Wilderness Axe is a new and exclusive collaboration between Ray and the Swedish company Gransfors Bruks. After many years of designing, testing and refining, Ray and the Woodlore team are extremely excited to unveil this brand new signature model:
Upon its release in December 2010, Ray sat down with us for an interview on this new axe, answering questions on its design, purpose and benefits over other models available today:
The Woodlore Team: What were your main goals when you set out to design your own axe?
Ray Mears: I thought long and hard about whether there was a need to design a new axe; I was asked to do so elsewhere a long time ago, and at first I thought there wasn’t. But I’ve thought very hard about it for a long time, and I felt there was something that could be done.
A good axe needs a combination of many features, but most importantly, it needs the right weight balanced with the right length of handle. There will always be a compromise between a small, portable hatchet and a large axe more suitable for felling; the Small Forest Axe is great, but it is lacking in weight and length for good splitting and chopping. I wanted an axe that was a little bit longer, better to swing with two hands, with a heavier head. (more…)
Woodlore customer Graham Berry recently got in touch with us to show us his finished Julius Pettersson Hand-Forged Knife Blade, which he’s been busy making a handle for. Made from Australian Cypress Pine, it’s a beautifully simple example of what can be done with these knife blades:
Hello to everyone at Ray Mears! I’m unofficially your biggest ex-pat fan in Australia; I’ve been watching and following Ray since the ancient times of Country Tracks on BBC2…! Love what you guys are doing…
I was given the Julius Pettersson Blade for Christmas by my wife a couple of years ago, and I’ve finally gotten around to putting a proper handle on! I’ve made one or two other knives in a similar style, but this one is my favourite! The handle is a stainless steel bolster, and the wood is Australian Cypress Pine. I’ve almost finished the sheath, which is made of 2 mm veg-tanned leather. The wood just flames in the sun when it’s been oiled, so good. Anyway, hopefully I’ve done this awesome blade justice.
Thanks, Graham Berry
Christmas posting dates:
To make sure your parcel arrives in time for Christmas, please place your order by the appropriate date below, as recommended by Royal Mail:
- Recorded Delivery items – Tuesday 21st December
- Special Delivery items – Thursday 23rd December
However, we are pleased to say that all orders placed between 9:00 AM on Tuesday 21st December and 9:00 AM on Thursday 23rd December will be dispatched via Next Day Special Delivery, to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. Any orders placed after 9:00 AM on Thursday 23rd December will not be dispatched until the offices reopen in January.
- South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand – Monday 6th December
- Eastern Europe, USA and Canada – Friday 10th December
- Western Europe – Monday 13th December
Office closing dates:
The Woodlore offices will be closed for Christmas and New Year, from midday on Thursday 23rd December until 9:00 AM on Wednesday 5th January.
From Ray and everyone on the Woodlore Team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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