Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Living Woods magazine - a short review

This is a brand new magazine; I managed to get hold of the first issue, and have to say I'm impressed with it. Bi-monthly, colourful, packed with inormation and inspiring pictures.

From the Editorial:

"This magazine is aimed at anyone who loves trees and wood, and wants to know mmore about woodlands a tmber, about products to buy and how to take part. We'll be feaurng activitiein woos, curses, tools and equipment, ways of engaging children, and projects that make better use of our woodland resources"

The Edtor is a man called Nick Gibbs, and his enthusisam for his subject shines troghout the magazine; this issue has aricles on chairmaking, bushcraft courses, wood food, tools, a social forsetry project, pros and cons of pheasant shooting with regard to woodland use, architecture and building, and analysis of news, debate and science reagrding all areas and aspects of wood and woodlands.

Teh articles are a good length, very well liiustrated, with lots of links to further information on resources, courses, etc.

One theme I am very keen to follow is the Editor's purchase of a shack, without running water and electricty , in a French woodland - I'm keen to see how he and his family progress with his plans! Looks promising already.

I see this as a valuable and worthwhile addition to any library for those who are interested in wood, woodlands, and using them sustainably and with an eye to the future. I will be subscribing.

Currenty available by subscription only, and through soem speialist outlets, Subscription details:

subs@freshwoodpublishing.com or phone 01285 850481

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